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Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, on Monday, charged Meas Muth [press release], the Khmer Rouge's ex-navy commander, with genocide, crimes against humanity and other crimes. According to authorities, Muth appeared voluntarily to hear the charges against him, which were brought despite opposition by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former … [read more]

Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, warned [press release] Monday that the increasing polarization of the political parties in Cambodia is reaching a breaking point. Smith is concerned about the possible human rights implication of the polarization. She said that "elected … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was removed as a member of the country's National Assembly [official website] on Monday, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case following his return from South Korea. The National Assembly's standing committee approved [press release, in Cambodian] Rainsy's arrest … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Wednesday indicted three men in the beating of two opposition lawmakers last week. The men, Chay Sarith, Mao Hoeun and Suth Vanny, were charged [AP report] with two counts of intention to commit violence and one count of intention to commit property damage. The suspects … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concern [press release] over the "organized attack" on opposition politicians in Cambodia. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani highlighted that 11 political activists are serving [JURIST report] between seven- and … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile], the sister-in-law of Pol Pot considered the "first lady" of the Khmer Rouge, died [press release] Saturday at the age of 83. Ieng Thirith was Minister of Social Action during Democratic Kampuchea [backgrounder, PDF] between 1975 and 1979. From late 2011 to 2012 Ieng Thirith, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Aug 2015
by Peter J. Hammer of Wayne State University Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and rights for transgender individuals...Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. Call Me … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Belgian court on Thursday found the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive] not guilty of copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse. According to the Mechelse court [official website, in Dutch], the prosecution failed to prove [Standaard report, in Dutch] that co-founders Gottfrid … [read more]

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

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
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Cambodia to drop plans to revive [press release] a restrictive nongovernmental organizations (NGO) law. Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] has reportedly said he would use the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations (LANGO) to "handcuff" non compliant groups. Brian … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Cambodian lawmakers on Thursday voted by an overwhelming margin to approve a new electoral commission that promises to ensure fairness in the next national vote in 2018. The vote came after opposition leader Sam Rainsey criticized the electoral commission for being biased and disputed the 2013 election results [BBC … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday charged [press release] mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge [CTM backgrounder] cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges [press release] brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website, in Cambodian] charged two new suspects … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cambodia's Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) [party websites, in Khmer] in an … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem [statements] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Stefaan Smis & Derek Inman & Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in the country...Over the last two … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday accused a Cambodia leader of human rights abuse, reporting [press release] that the commander of the nation's gendarmerie [Global Security backgrounder] admitted to using force against opposing individuals such as anti-government demonstrators and protesters. General Sao Sohka, leader of the gendarmerie … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration [official website] of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official website] on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why Have … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Jan 2015
by Yvonne Kwan of University of California Santa Cruz
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Yvonne Y. Kwan, doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the politics surrounding the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunals ...Political narratives of pain and suffering are most often constructed by those who sanction the production and circulation of those narratives. Such critiques of … [read more]

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