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Woman awarded $7,700 for five years of housework in China divorce ruling | China


A Chinese divorce court has ordered a man to pay his wife the equivalent of US $7,700 as compensation for housework during their five-year marriage.

Under a new civil code that came into effect last month, a person may seek compensation from their partner during a divorce if they were the primary carer for children or elderly parents, or did most of the unpaid household work. The amount should be negotiated, but if that fails then it will be decided by court.

A Beijing court ruled the husband, surnamed Chen, must pay his now ex-wife, Wang, the sum of 50,000 yuan for not pulling his weight around the house.

Chen left the childrearing to Wang while he went to work, and “didn’t care about or participate in any kind of chores”, Wang told the court.

The couple had married in 2015 but separated three years later. Their son lived with Wang. Chen filed for divorce last year but Wang was initially reluctant, local media said. She later agreed and requested a division of property and financial compensation. As well as the 50,000 yuan compensation, Wang was also awarded custody of the couple’s son and a monthly payment of 2,000 yuan.

The presiding judge, Feng Miao, said the division of property related to “tangible property”, of which it was impossible to include housework. Housework “for example, can improve the ability of the other spouse to achieve personal, individual academic growth, and this is not reflected in the tangible property.”

The case is believed to be the first to set a monetary value on housework since the civil code – which covers personal rights and family and contract law – came into force.

The verdict sparked a debate on social media in China about the financial worth of housework, which, in heterosexual relationships and marriage, is most often done by women, according to multiple surveys. Data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics indicated married women spent more than twice as much time on housework than their husbands in 2016, a ratio wider than figures recorded for 1996.

More than 427,000 people responded to an online poll by Chinese media outlet, Pheonix Weekly, which asked if the compensation was right, wrong, too small, or too big. Almost 94% said it was right but not enough, with commenters saying it underestimated the job of stay-at-home wives and mothers. Some quoted an increasingly popular idiom: “to keep yourself, don’t get married or give birth”.

“Everyone who has done housework knows that doing housework is no easier than going to work, it’s often harder,” said one Weibo user commenting underneath.

“The key thing about being a full-time wife is that you lose your career growth opportunities,” said another. “After a while, your future career will be discounted a lot, and there is no way to measure this with money.”



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16-year-old sentenced to over nine years in jail over fatal stabbing in Finnish capital

16-year-old sentenced to over nine years in jail over fatal stabbing in Finnish capital


THE DISTRICT COURT of Helsinki has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to nine years and four months in prison in connection with the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Vallila, a central-northern neighbourhood of the Finnish capital, on 31 October.

The boy was found guilty of manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

His main accomplice, another 16-year-old boy, was found guilty of aiding and abetting manslaughter and aggravated robbery and sentenced to four years and six months in prison. Also a 14-year-old boy was interrogated during the homicide investigation, but no charges were brought against him as under 15-year-olds are not criminally responsible for their actions.

The District Court of Helsinki also handed a fourth boy a suspended prison sentence of six months for his role in the robbery. All defendants have an opportunity to appeal against the ruling issued on Tuesday, 23 February.


The prosecutor described the act as a premeditated drug-related robbery. One of the boys had organised a meeting with the homicide victim, a man born in 2001, under the pretext of a drug buy outside a corner shop at the intersection of Mäkelänkatu and Päijänteentie. When the man arrived at the scene, the boys assaulted him, with the main perpetrator stabbing the victim in different parts of the body at least 20 times. The boys then snatched the bag of the victim and fled the scene of the stabbing.

The victim succumbed to his injuries later in hospital.

The court acknowledged that the 16-year-old main offender was trying to rob the victim, but argued that his intent to kill was shown by the number of stab wounds and the death threat he made during the act. The same boy is also suspected of attempted manslaughter over an attempt to rob a man for petrol money in Kaukajärvi, Tampere, on 3 October.

The boy and his accomplice had escaped from a child care institution before the attempted homicide, according to MTV.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT



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Ruling party leaders determined to capture Kadapa corporation

Ruling party leaders determined to capture Kadapa corporation


KADAPA: Ruling YSR Congress leaders have firmly resolved to win the forthcoming Kadapa Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections. Even though it is quite likely that the civic body will inevitably be won by the ruling party, no prediction could be made for sure until the last day of withdrawals is over on March 3.

KMC has total 50 divisions. Nominations for these segments were received from March 11 to 13 last year. YSR Congress candidates filed 85 of them, main opposition TDP 61, Congress 32, BJP 18, Jana Sena 5, CPI and CPM 12, other parties eight and independents 80. In six of these divisions – number 4, 12, 20, 21, 32 and 47 only YSR Congress candidates filed their nominations. In 22 other divisions, except the ruling party contestants, all others withdrew from contest, just two days before the last date for withdrawals. It is stated these withdrawals were owing to threats, appeasement and temptations.

 

However, State Election Commission postponed the KMC elections following outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.

Elections for Kadapa Municipal Corporation have been again announced exactly one year later. Ruling YSRC has reportedly started making efforts to ensure that maximum divisions are won by its candidates unanimously “by all means”. However, the state leadership of Telugu Desam Party is trying to ensure that its candidates remain in fray.

Kottamaddi Suresh Babu, who is expected to the mayoral candidate of YSRC, will contest from the 4th division and is expected to get elected unanimously.

Kadapa became a corporation in 2005, with Ravindranath Reddy, now MLA from Kamalapuram assembly constituency, being elected the first mayor. The second was Kottamaddi Suresh Babu, who is most likely to come back as mayor.

 



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Ruling party leaders determined to capture Kadapa corporation

Ruling party leaders determined to capture Kadapa corporation


KADAPA: Ruling YSR Congress leaders have firmly resolved to win the forthcoming Kadapa Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections. Even though it is quite likely that the civic body will inevitably be won by the ruling party, no prediction could be made for sure until the last day of withdrawals is over on March 3.

KMC has total 50 divisions. Nominations for these segments were received from March 11 to 13 last year. YSR Congress candidates filed 85 of them, main opposition TDP 61, Congress 32, BJP 18, Jana Sena 5, CPI and CPM 12, other parties eight and independents 80. In six of these divisions – number 4, 12, 20, 21, 32 and 47 only YSR Congress candidates filed their nominations. In 22 other divisions, except the ruling party contestants, all others withdrew from contest, just two days before the last date for withdrawals. It is stated these withdrawals were owing to threats, appeasement and temptations.

 

However, State Election Commission postponed the KMC elections following outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.

Elections for Kadapa Municipal Corporation have been again announced exactly one year later. Ruling YSRC has reportedly started making efforts to ensure that maximum divisions are won by its candidates unanimously “by all means”. However, the state leadership of Telugu Desam Party is trying to ensure that its candidates remain in fray.

Kottamaddi Suresh Babu, who is expected to the mayoral candidate of YSRC, will contest from the 4th division and is expected to get elected unanimously.

Kadapa became a corporation in 2005, with Ravindranath Reddy, now MLA from Kamalapuram assembly constituency, being elected the first mayor. The second was Kottamaddi Suresh Babu, who is most likely to come back as mayor.

 



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ADC polls: Tripura royal scion seals mega merger of tribal outfits, alliance with BJP’s ruling partner

ADC polls: Tripura royal scion seals mega merger of tribal outfits, alliance with BJP’s ruling partner


Three months ahead of the election to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which has been on hold since last year, royal scion and former Congress leader Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma’s newly-minted The Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA) Friday announced a merger with two tribal outfits – Tipraland State Party and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) Tipraha. With the merger, his front is now the single-largest tribal affiliate in the state.

The scion, who formerly headed the state Congress, also announced that his outfit had reached an understanding with IPFT, a partner in the ruling alliance with the BJP, on a number of issues, including the upcoming tribal council polls, on Friday evening, saying that the alliance will continue even after the election.

He also revealed that his tribal front had rechristened itself as Tipraha Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance.

Saying he was optimistic of a mandate in his outfit’s favour, Pradyot added that if elected, the TIPRA-IPFT combine would pass a resolution for a ‘Greater Tipraland’ in the district council.

“We demand a Tipraland state as it is the only recourse for guaranteeing the existence of our indigenous communities in their own land. The Tipraland statehood demand shall include all TTAADC areas apart from the habitations of other indigenous people across the state,” the TIPRA chief said.

Speaking at a press conference later in the evening, IPFT supremo and Revenue Minister NC Debbarma said, “We’ve been part of a democratic movement to end economic and social deprivation of our indigenous communities by carving out a separate state with all areas under the jurisdiction of the ADC. Maharaja Pradyot Kishore is striving to reach the same goals as us. After several rounds of talks, we have finally decided to work together to ensure protection of the Constitutional rights of all indigenous people in the state.”

The veteran leader added that an understanding was also reached on the issue of building a combined democratic movement through contesting future elections in alliance with a common objective of safeguarding the interests of the tribal communities.

Confirming that the IPFT and TIPRA would fight the tribal council polls together, Debbarma said the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fighting the election in alliance and have urged other tribal outfits to join hands.

IPFT general secretary and Tribal Welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said his party merged with TIPRA after a series of talks on the demand for Tipraland.

Pradyot said ‘thancha’ (unity) over ‘Kokborok’, the lingua franca of the state’s indigenous people, had been achieved as 95 per cent of tribal parties are with TIPRA on the issue of Greater Tipraland. “We are organising a mega rally on February 24 to push for Greater Tipraland. We are confident the mindset of Tiprasa will be reflected in the rally,” Pradyot said.

IPFT leaders, however, clarified that their alliance with BJP is safe and will continue, even as they are ‘unhappy’ with its performance when it comes to implementing the poll promises on tribal welfare and development. “We are not happy at their (BJP) performance on ensuring upliftment of the tribal communities. However, we respect the people’s mandate and will remain in alliance with the BJP,” Mevar said.

The tribal leader stressed that the IPFT is a separate political entity which doesn’t need to take permission from its ruling partner for taking its own decisions.

The tribal party, which emerged victorious in 8 seats in 2018 assembly elections, fought in alliance with the BJP which bagged 36 seats, decimating the 25-year Communist rule in the state.

The interim charge of the autonomous tribal council was vested in the Governor after the state cabinet decided to extend its tenure by another six months last year. The fresh term would expire on May 17 this year, by which time the high court directed the state government to hold the elections. On January 12, the government filed an affidavit before the high court, saying it would conduct the polls by May 17.

Of the total 30 seats in the Council, 28 are filled electorally and the remaining two are reserved for nominated members. Formed on January 18, 1982, the TTAADC covers 68 per cent of the total geographical area of Tripura. The ADC-administered areas comprise one-third of the state’s population.



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ADC polls: Tripura scion seals mega merger of tribal outfits, alliance with BJP’s ruling partner

ADC polls: Tripura scion seals mega merger of tribal outfits, alliance with BJP’s ruling partner


Three months ahead of the election to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which has been on hold since last year, scion and former Congress leader Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma’s newly-minted The Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA) Friday announced a merger with two tribal outfits – Tipraland State Party and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) Tipraha. With the merger, his front is now the single-largest tribal affiliate in the state.

The scion, who formerly headed the state Congress, also announced that his outfit had reached an understanding with IPFT, a partner in the ruling alliance with the BJP, on a number of issues, including the upcoming tribal council polls, on Friday evening, saying that the alliance will continue even after the election.

He also revealed that his tribal front had rechristened itself as Tipraha Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance.

Saying he was optimistic of a mandate in his outfit’s favour, Pradyot added that if elected, the TIPRA-IPFT combine would pass a resolution for a ‘Greater Tipraland’ in the district council.

“We demand a Tipraland state as it is the only recourse for guaranteeing the existence of our indigenous communities in their own land. The Tipraland statehood demand shall include all TTAADC areas apart from the habitations of other indigenous people across the state,” the TIPRA chief said.

Speaking at a press conference later in the evening, IPFT supremo and Revenue Minister NC Debbarma said, “We’ve been part of a democratic movement to end economic and social deprivation of our indigenous communities by carving out a separate state with all areas under the jurisdiction of the ADC. Maharaja Pradyot Kishore is striving to reach the same goals as us. After several rounds of talks, we have finally decided to work together to ensure protection of the Constitutional rights of all indigenous people in the state.”

The veteran leader added that an understanding was also reached on the issue of building a combined democratic movement through contesting future elections in alliance with a common objective of safeguarding the interests of the tribal communities.

Confirming that the IPFT and TIPRA would fight the tribal council polls together, Debbarma said the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fighting the election in alliance and have urged other tribal outfits to join hands.

IPFT general secretary and Tribal Welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said his party merged with TIPRA after a series of talks on the demand for Tipraland.

Pradyot said ‘thancha’ (unity) over ‘Kokborok’, the lingua franca of the state’s indigenous people, had been achieved as 95 per cent of tribal parties are with TIPRA on the issue of Greater Tipraland. “We are organising a mega rally on February 24 to push for Greater Tipraland. We are confident the mindset of Tiprasa will be reflected in the rally,” Pradyot said.

IPFT leaders, however, clarified that their alliance with BJP is safe and will continue, even as they are ‘unhappy’ with its performance when it comes to implementing the poll promises on tribal welfare and development. “We are not happy at their (BJP) performance on ensuring upliftment of the tribal communities. However, we respect the people’s mandate and will remain in alliance with the BJP,” Mevar said.

The tribal leader stressed that the IPFT is a separate political entity which doesn’t need to take permission from its ruling partner for taking its own decisions.

The tribal party, which emerged victorious in 8 seats in 2018 assembly elections, fought in alliance with the BJP which bagged 36 seats, decimating the 25-year Communist rule in the state.

The interim charge of the autonomous tribal council was vested in the Governor after the state cabinet decided to extend its tenure by another six months last year. The fresh term would expire on May 17 this year, by which time the high court directed the state government to hold the elections. On January 12, the government filed an affidavit before the high court, saying it would conduct the polls by May 17.

Of the total 30 seats in the Council, 28 are filled electorally and the remaining two are reserved for nominated members. Formed on January 18, 1982, the TTAADC covers 68 per cent of the total geographical area of Tripura. The ADC-administered areas comprise one-third of the state’s population.



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HRW highly critical of Australian response to ICC ruling

HRW highly critical of Australian response to ICC ruling


The International Criminal Court (ICC) last week handed down a historic ruling confirming that the court’s prosecutor has the power to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Palestine. After half a century of impunity since the Israeli occupation began, the ICC decision finally offers some real hope for justice, as crimes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip may now to be subject to a formal probe.

So it was alarming to hear Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne slam the ICC’s decision, saying that Australia “does not recognize a State of Palestine,” has “deep concerns” with the ruling, and that the ICC “should not exercise jurisdiction in this matter.” While several other states also signaled their disagreement on the merits of this ruling, no other country to date has explicitly said the court should not exercise jurisdiction in this case.

Australia, a member of the ICC, was among seven countries that intervened in the court proceedings to argue that the ICC did not have jurisdiction over the situation in Palestine.

The panel of judges invited written submissions while they considered the issue, but ultimately held that the court’s jurisdiction does extend to Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The UN General Assembly recognized Palestine as a state. As a result, the court’s pretrial chamber ruled that Palestine’s accession to the ICC treaty confers jurisdiction to the court for crimes committed on its territory.

Australia regularly supports and defends Israel’s actions on the international stage. But an ICC probe is not about taking sides in a political conflict. It’s about ensuring that perpetrators of serious international crimes, both Israeli and Palestinian, answer for their actions at a fair trial. As a court of last resort, the ICC has a critical role to play in situations like Palestine where the path to domestic justice is closed and impunity is the norm.

Recently, Australia has spoken out on human rights abuses across Asia, calling attention to China’s mass abuses in Xinjiang, human rights violations in Hong Kong, and the military coup in Myanmar.

If Australia wants to be a credible voice on human rights, it should speak out wherever abuses occur and respect the ICC’s decisions. It should be consistent in its support for justice, accountability, and the rule of law regardless of the context.

Instead of undermining the ICC, Australia should voice its support for the court, protect its independence, and stop trying to block a Palestine investigation.



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