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Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts [official blog], on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day [official website] calling on the international community to "commit to keep [the oceans] healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UNAIDS [official website], the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned [press release] Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law [JURIST report]. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements [Philippines DFA press release] condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Aguirre of the Regents College London says that although the recently adopted ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is a significant step forward, much work remains to be done in order to protect human rights in the region...On November 18, 2012, the Association of South East Asian Nations … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] adopted its first ever Human Rights Declaration [text, PDF] at their annual summit on Sunday. The agreement has been widely criticized [UN News report] by human rights groups who expressed concern that the agreement allows for violations and does not … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] UN independent human rights experts on Friday expressed concern [press release] over the draft of the first ever Human Rights Declaration [text, PDF] of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website]. ASEAN will consider the declaration at its summit in Phnom Penh in Cambodia on Sunday, where … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website], a coalition of 164 human rights groups, released a statement [press release] on Monday criticizing the current draft of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website; JURIST news archive] Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) [text, PDF]. FIDH criticized the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that, in order to counter China's attempts to expand its maritime jurisdiction, the US must become a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her diplomatic hat handed … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday agreed to strengthen human rights protections [statement, PDF] during its annual summit. ASEAN Chairman Hun Sen [BBC backgrounder], who is also Prime Minister of Cambodia, proclaimed several new initiatives by ASEAN to protect human rights … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Indonesian parliament approved a bill on Friday that gives the government eminent domain [JURIST news archive] powers to seize land from individuals without their consent, as long as compensation is provided. Proponents of the bill argue that it will allow the government to increase infrastructure [Reuters report], leading … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] announced on Saturday that he hopes to visit Myanmar soon, after meeting [UN News Centre report] with President Thien Sein [BBC backgrounder]. Ban also congratulated Sein on the country's strive toward democracy, as well as its naming as new chair of the Association … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says that the right to participate in government is a recognized aspiration in international law and that in the Middle East this has begun to be realized with the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] on Monday urged the government of Thailand to improve measures to combat human trafficking [press release], as well as protect the rights of migrant workers. The trafficking trade in Thailand is predominantly used for sexual and labor exploitation, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday ordered [press release, PDF] that both Thailand and Cambodia immediately withdraw military personnel from a disputed area along the border between the two countries. The Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile] is a demilitarized region between Cambodia and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond [press release] to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] annual report [text, PDF] published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human rights, such as dialogue and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Nov 2010

Paul Copeland [Advisory Council, Canadian Friends of Burma]: "Although I practice law in the city of Toronto, for the last 22 years I have been involved with the democracy movement in Burma (also known as Myanmar). I have visited three times and plan to go back soon. Daw Aung San … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Saturday praised the release [press release] of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], but urged the Myanmar government to release all political prisoners still held. AI described Suu Kyi's release [JURIST report] as "welcome," but emphasized that … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released its 2010 Annual Report [materials; press release], highlighting a "global justice gap" caused by influential governments avoiding accountability for human rights abuses. AI was critical of the actions of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, which it described as having a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Thai court on Monday dismissed the government's application for an injunction against protesters gathered in Bangkok's business district. The Internal Security Operations Command, under the direction of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official profile], applied for an injunction [Bangkok Post report] that would have ordered the protest organizers to … [read more]

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