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Legal News
4 hours ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [official website; BBC profile] was elected to a third term on Friday, leading to public protest and international criticism. Although the election resulted [AP report] in Nkurunziza receiving 69 percent of the vote, the Constitution of Burundi [text, PDF] states that presidents shall be universally elected … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by William Helbling

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official profile] on Wednesday announced [press release] the federal indictment of Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black church members attending Emanuel AME Church [official website] in Charleston last month. Roof has been indicted on 33 charges including federal hate crimes and firearms … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by William Helbling

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Wednesday suspended the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.The suspension of the trial is reportedly [AFP report] due to the need for court appointed attorneys to prepare Habré's … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Burundi polls opened [ARIB report, in French] on Tuesday for the controversial election where President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] is running for his third term. Nkurunziza's opponents have boycotted the election, claiming it is unconstitutional for a president to seek third term. In Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, citizens rioted against … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A group of UN rights experts on Thursday called [press release] for the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi ahead of presidential elections. Groups in the country are clashing over President Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] decision to seek a … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel has decided to open a dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on an investigation into Israel's conduct in the Gaza Strip last summer according to a Thursday report [Haaretz report] by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the ICC has no … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Ugandan police on Thursday arrested two presidential candidates planning on challenging current President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile]. Former Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi [official website], who had announced [BBC report] his intention to run for president last month and was arrested [New Vision report] while campaigning for a presidential … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Baghdad court on Wednesday sentenced 24 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] to death for the killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers during the group's raid across the country last year. The men were convicted of taking part in the June 2014 massacre which led … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] California lawmakers on Tuesday ended their legislative efforts to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in the state. The right-to-die bill [SB 128 materials] had been amended several times over the past half year. The law became hotly debated when Brittany Maynard [CNN backgrounder] moved from … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An unnamed Australian man has allegedly bribed New South Wales judges with approximately $2.2 million in order to obtain less severe jail sentences, according to confidential police documents cited by Fairfax Media and Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners [corporate websites] Monday. According to the reports [Four Corners report, New … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]

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