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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Cyprus [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment, DOC, in Greek] Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rikkos Erotokritou should be impeached for his inappropriate actions when he accused Attorney General Costas Clerides [official website] of bribery during a nationally televised press conference in April. The court concluded … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Al Jazeera reporter was released from prison on Sunday and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo detention facility. Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt after receiving a seven-year sentence for crimes that include supporting terrorist organizations. Greste and two other … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] on Thursday issued [press release] a new global strategy to help countries stop detaining asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide. The UN agency is concerned for the lasting physical and psychological impacts on families, specifically children, who are placed in detention … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Slovakia National Council [official website, in Slovak] amended the country's constitution [text] on Wednesday to specifically define marriage [legislative materials, in Slovak] as the unique bond between one man and one woman. Of the 123 members of Slovakia's parliament that voted on the measure, only 18 voted against … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Monday ordered [judgment] Turkey to pay €90 million (USD $123 million) to Cyprus for invading the island in 1974. Thirty million euros are to be paid [AP report] in damages to relatives of the missing, and €60 million have … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan has … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Cyprus government's practice of detaining migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates EU law, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Tuesday. Individuals who have regularly been detained include Syrian refugees and women who have forcibly been separated from their young children. Research gathered recently during … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Parliament of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus [official website, in Turkish] passed a bill decriminalizing homosexual relations between men [text, PDF, in Turkish], making it the last European territory to do so. Like the anti-homosexuality laws of Isle of Man and Guernsey [JURIST op-eds], Northern Cyprus's law criminalizing homosexual relations … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) [official website, database] said Thursday that Greece must improve detention conditions [press release] for migrants and effectively implement recent legislative developments to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers. The WGAD, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council [official website], visited Greece for … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Friday issued new international guidelines [materials, PDF; press release] regarding the detention of asylum-seekers. The new guidelines were presented amid statements of concern over the growing use of detention in a number of countries as global … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Spokespersons for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) [official websites on Monday expressed concern [press release; statement] about a recently passed law in Australia that will reopen offshore detention centers used to process migrants and asylum-seekers … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Migrants residing in Greece face a rising culture of discrimination and violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF; press release] on Wednesday. The report, entitled "Hate on the Streets: Xenophobic Violence in Greece," documents instances of abuse and discrimination against migrants who traveled … [read more]

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