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Legal News
8 hours ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that nearly five years after Bahrain's Day of Rage [BBC report] protests sparked international concern over Bahraini government accountability in human rights, the hope for reform has dwindled. In Bahrain, February 14, 2011, was marked by a day of protests that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Bahrain has tortured detainees in the years following the country's 2011 protests [BBC timeline], despite a government promise to stop such abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Sunday. The report is based on testimony offered by 14 people allegedly assaulted by the police while in custody. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Monday rejected the death sentence appeals of two men convicted in a 2014 bombing that killed three police officers. The court's decision was announced [PTI report] by prosecutor Nayyaf Yusuf. The men, Hassan Mosa and Mohammed Ramadan, were among 12 convicted in the bombing [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Appeals convicted rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja on charges related to her ripping up a photo of the Bahraini king during a court hearing in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Her appeal reduced her charges for insulting the king from three years to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Thirty-two nations joined a statement read to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday regarding human rights concerns in Bahrain. The message, read by a representative of Switzerland, urged [Reuters report] Bahrain to protect citizens' freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression and to investigate reports of torture … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a letter [text] to Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour encouraging the strengthening of amendments proposed to the country's 1960 penal code to better protect human rights. The articles, which are under review [HRW report] by Jordan's Legislative and Opinion Bureau, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official profile] on Monday released [press release] Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website] president Nabeel Rajab [professional profile] citing health reasons. Despite the release, the US State Department [press release] and Rajab himself [press release] expressed concern over continued efforts to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Tuesday sentenced prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman [official profile] to four years in prison for insulting the Interior Ministry [official website], inciting others to break the law, and inciting hatred against naturalized Sunnis. Salman is the secretary-general of the Al-Wefaq [official website] political opposition … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack [Gulf News profile] for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al-Barrack began [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Bahrain Public Prosecution on Sunday extended the period of detention of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account; JURIST news archive] by 15 days, citing a need for further investigation. According to Rajab's wife, the activist was arrested [BBC report] on April 2 for tweets he posted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a statement [press release] on Thursday denouncing as a violation of the laws of war an airstrike led by the Saudi Arabian coalition that led to the destruction of a humanitarian warehouse in Yemen earlier this month. The attack was said to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak [Gulf News profile], accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 [AP report] in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Reforms in Bahrain have failed to end serious human rights violations, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday. The 79-page report [text, PDF] claims that activists are still being jailed and detainees have been mistreated and tortured. The government implemented the reforms four years ago after anti-government protests began … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted [Daily Mail report] verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported [press release] Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release of some political prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez [official profile] called [UN News Centre report] Tuesday for modifications and alternatives to the detention processes of children in order to ensure their human rights. In a report [text, DOC] presented to the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Bahraini court found 11 Shiities guilty on Thursday of an attack carried out against police last year and sentenced three to death. The other eight defendants were sentenced [WSJ report] to life in prison and will be stripped of their citizenship. The case centered on the country's deadliest … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Bahrain's Ministry of Interior [official website] initiated a criminal investigation on Tuesday into alleged criminal content posted by the country's main opposition group, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society [official website; GU Berkley Center backgrounder]. Al-Wefaq regularly publishes content [AFP report] to its website and Twitter account, including pictures of protests … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the Bahrain [press release] government to release the peaceful politician Sheikh Ali Salman. The religious figure serves as the main political opposition to the Bahraini government, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society [GU Berkley Center backgrounder]. He was charged [JURIST report] … [read more]

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