The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 15th May 2017

The Future Lawyer Weekly Update – w/c 15th May 2017

Your round-up of the stories that you should discuss at interview this week.

Human Rights Law

Indonesia punished of 80 lashes for being gay

Reported by Paige Waters

Indonesia has a reputation for “practising a moderate form of Islam”, however, this has been battered in the past year due to a significant number of religious minority attacks. This includes prosecuting gay people.

A recent trial which is taking place in the Sharia Court has shown the extremity of this as two men, aged 20 and 23, are on trial for gay sex after confessing they are in a relationship with each other. The prosecution stating, they should both receive a punishment of 80 lashes. The two men were led to court in handcuffs and had their shirts pulled up as an attempt to obscure their faces.

If the trial leads to a guilty verdict, these two men will be first to be canned from having sex with one another under the new sharia code which was implemented two years ago. The verdict will be announced next week from a panel of three judges.

Gulmani, the prosecution, has commented on the trial saying that guilty verdicts are very certain in most cases which reach the Sharia Court. The Sharia code allows for 100 lashes for offences including gay sex. With it also being a punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.

Human Rights have intervened and called for authorities to immediately release the two men. They have stated that “these men had their privacy invaded in a frightening and humiliating manner and now face public torture for the ‘crime’ of their alleged sexual orientation.

Read more in The Guardian.

Employment Law

Theresa May promises to improve workers’ rights

Reported by Radhika Morally

In light of the upcoming general election, Theresa May will vow later this week to improve the positions of workers. This will include a pledge to offer protections for temporary workers in the “gig economy”, along with new rights which will allow them to take leave to look after relatives on a full-time basis amidst concern about the social care crisis.

This new statutory right has been likened to maternity leave. Although those caring for their loved ones will not be paid for their time off, their jobs will be guaranteed. This is especially significant considering the Councils’ recent and continuing large cuts to social care budgets.

This has been described as just one of Mrs May’s attempts to appeal to the working people. Since Labour has promised to increase the National Living Wage to £10 by 2020, likewise, Theresa May will commit to increasing the National Living Wage in line with average earnings until 2022, but no definite figure has been set.

Mrs May’s commitment to developing the rights of workers was outlined in the letter she sent to the EU formally triggering Brexit talks, where she expressed the importance of maintaining all the workers’ rights guaranteed by the EU after Brexit.

The full Conservative manifesto is to be unveiled later this week, and has been described by the party itself to be the “greatest expansion of workers’ rights by any Conservative government”.

Read more in The Telegraph or Sky News.

Family Law

The Bank of Mum and Dad is lending £65 billion to first-time buyers! Here are some of the consequences…

Reported by Anna Flaherty

As has been established, millennials currently face growing up poorer than their parents, shown by the fact that young people are struggling to get onto the property ladder. The Bank of Mum and Dad creates inequality, as only first-time buyers from wealthy backgrounds will be able to get on the property ladder with the funding of their well-off family. Rowan Moore, writing for the Guardian, likens this situation to the society within Austen novels as the Bank of Mum and Dad supports the concept of property power and enforces class division. There has been a 30% increase in the amount that parents are loaning their children between 2016 and 2017, showing how this means of buying a house is becoming ever-more common. Millennials constitute 79% of people who are being loaned this money. These statistics support the white paper on housing’s statement that the housing market is broken. The paper brought few proposals to remedy the situation and as a result we are seeing the Bank of Mum and Dad have increasing influence on who among the younger generation will be able to own a home.

Read more in The Times and The Guardian.

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