UN court orders release of Argentine ship in Ghana

Updated 15 December 2012
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UN court orders release of Argentine ship in Ghana

BERLIN: A United Nations court has ordered the immediate release of an Argentine navy sailing ship seized in Ghana.
The ARA Libertad training ship was impounded Oct. 2 in the port of Tema at the behest of private creditors as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from Argentina’s economic crisis a decade ago.
The Hamburg, Germany-based UN’s International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Ghana on Saturday to release the ship and its crew immediately and unconditionally. It also ordered that the ship should be resupplied as needed.
The ruling said warships enjoy immunity under international law and seizing the ship was “a source of conflict that may endanger friendly relations among states.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the ruling is final and whether it can be appealed.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.