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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

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

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

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

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]

Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] During a Holocaust memorial service at the Park East Synagogue in New York City on Saturday, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] said preventing genocide requires making concerted efforts to figure out the forces that cause it. Eliasson emphasized attempting to improve understanding between communities of different faiths, as … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Thursday restarted genocide hearings against the former Khmer Rouge regime's surviving leaders. Proceedings had been postponed since November, when defense lawyers refused to participate [JURIST reports] because they were still working to appeal an earlier verdict. Leaders … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2014
by Elinor Fry of VU University Amsterdam

JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her office is considering the possibility of investigating acts … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate [JURIST report] in trial proceedings before the appeal … [read more]

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