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Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released [press release] Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] details the atrocities committed by Boko Haram [JURIST news archive] in Northern Cameroon, resulting in the killing of at least 400 civilians. The report details the extensive human rights violation, including shootings and suicide bombings, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal [official website], was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and … [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
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International urged [AI report] Cameroon Friday to end the six month detention of 84 children being held after a raid on Quranic schools. AI reports that some of the children were as young as five years old. The children remained detained in a children's center in Maroua even … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday condemned [statement] attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender, forcing these individuals to undergo, among other things, invasive surgery and sterilization in order to change their legal status, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleged in a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. Entitled "The … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Maine Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act [text; GLAAD backgrounder] when it refused to allow a transgender fifth-grader, Nicole Maines, to use the girls' bathroom. Maines had been using the girls' bathroom throughout elementary school until the … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The political action group Privacy for all Students [advocacy website] said Sunday that they have received sufficient petition [text] signatures to bring about an initiative on the November 2014 ballot to repeal California's new law intended to protect transgender public school students. Under California law, 505,000 valid signatures must … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was interpreting a law [AP report] from … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed a bill into law on Monday intended to protect transgender public school students throughout the state. AB 1266 [text] amends the state's education code to specifically prohibit public schools from discriminating on the basis of gender identity and gender expression and allow … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jun 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], announced on Friday that the country had issued an arrest warrant [Reuters article] for former president Francois Bozize [World Biography profile]. The charges include crimes against humanity and inciting genocide. Bozize also stands accused of … [read more]

Legal News
19 May 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Five human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], sent a letter letter [text] Cameroon authorities on Friday to drop the charges against two transgender youths rather than undergoing an appeal to the Cameroon Supreme Court [official website]. The defendants, who identify as women, were arrested [press … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Five human rights groups sent a letter Monday to Cameroon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] President Paul Biya, urging him to end persecution against gays and lesbians [press release] and repeal laws that criminalize homosexual conduct [UNHCR backgrounder]. The groups, Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch, International Gay and … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Alternatives-Cameroun [advocacy websites] on Thursday urged the government of Cameroon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to decriminalize consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex [press release]. Under Article 347 of the Cameroon Penal Code [DHS backgrounder], same-sex acts are subject to a … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday acquitted [ICTR press release] Catholic priest Hormisdas Nsengimana [case materials; Trial Watch profile] and ordered his immediate release. Nsengimma had been indicted [JURIST report] on four counts [indictment, PDF] of collaborating and ordering students to collaborate … [read more]

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