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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved a resolution [text] authorizing the creation of political peace mission in Colombia to monitor the disarmament between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). The mission is to last 12 months, and a team … [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
23 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC … [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
5 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Colombian government should prioritize the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities above corporate interests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. According to AI, the armed conflict in the country has caused members of these communities and peasant farmers to lose their lands, resulting … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government reached an agreement on Wednesday regarding punishing civil rights abuses, a move commended [press release] by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile]. The two parties met in Cuba after 32 months of negotiations. Colombian … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [materials] containing evidence that many Colombian army generals and colonels knew about or should have known about extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008. According to the group, prosecutors are investigating a total of 3,000 cases involving … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Colombia's Congress voted on Wednesday to limit presidents to a single term, a measure backed by President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish]. The presidential term limit undoes a law passed by Santos' predecessor and rival, Alvaro Uribe, and reverts to the term limits that were in place … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] and 13 others to death after finding them guilty of planning attacks against the state. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie has been sentenced to death before, although the sentences were later reduced to life imprisonment. … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [JURIST news archive] announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism [State Dept. list] blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] residing in … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday agreed to create a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in the last five decades of the country's conflict. During negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC agreed [Al Jazeera report] to … [read more]

Student Commentary
25 May 2014
by Jason Samuel of The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Hand

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Samuel, Penn State Dickinson School of Law Class of 2014, explores the constitutional framework surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia...When the Alma-Ata Declaration was signed on December 21, 1991, 10 nations separated from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union) and became independent … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, says that, even after implementing the changes proposed by President Barack Obama, the NSA's surveillance program is still constitutionally problematic...Freedom is the great deity of the west, the goddess central to American identity; the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Colombian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled [press release, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists … [read more]

Student Commentary
7 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Liz Clark Rinehart, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, explores the role of reverse jury nullification in the context of the George Zimmerman trial...The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday intervened [press release, in Spanish] in the public hearing of the Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] to defend the Framework for Peace [JURIST report], a proposed constitutional amendment that brought about peace talks with the FARC and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq must not push blindly forward in its goal of de-Ba'athification, but rather consider the harm that such absolute changes pose to fairness and process ...Last month, a special panel of Iraq's highest appellate court … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Women displaced by conflict in Colombia are facing rape and domestic violence as well as obstacles in obtaining health care, protection and legal remedies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday. The report states that the four million women who … [read more]

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