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Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Tunisia reopened its main border crossing with Libya on Saturday after suspending it on Friday after thousands of Egyptian and other foreign nationals broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing. Fleeing the violence in Libya, thousands of people have been migrating into Tunisia [Al Jazeera … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] Religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) [JURIST news archive] has the potential to create the conditions for genocide [press release], the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] said Tuesday, urging other nations to intervene to stop the conflict. The 89-page page report, entitled They Must … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] filed a criminal complaint in Senegal Wednesday against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] police officer Paul Mwilambwe for his alleged involvement in the slaying of DRC human rights activists Floribert Chebeya [BBC report; JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Monday called on the Iraqi government to provide information on seven residents of Camp Ashraf [map] who were allegedly abducted in September amidst an attack that left 52 people dead [UNAMI report]. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] demanded … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the EU to allow migrants and asylum seekers to find refuge in Europe. HRW's statement comes in the wake of a tragedy earlier this month in which hundreds of migrants drowned on their way from Libya to Italy … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] and the League of Defense of Human Rights in Iraq on Thursday called on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] to investigate the deaths of more than 50 refugees [UNAMI report] discovered on Tuesday by UN officials … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A coalition of international human rights groups on Tuesday criticized [report, PDF] the trial and sentencing of more than 60 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder]. Last month the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced [JURIST report] a group of 69 people to prison for associating … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Two French human rights groups filed a lawsuit [text, PDF;,in French] in Paris Thursday calling for an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] PRISM program [DNI backgrounder] violated French privacy laws. The lawsuit, filed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy websites] on Monday released summary findings [press release] concluding that the use of the death penalty in California and Louisiana violates human rights. The report [text, PDF] concludes that the way the death penalty … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A coalition of international human rights groups on Monday criticized [report] the trial of 94 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC profile]. The joint endeavor is led by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the International Federation of Human Rights, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Three UN independent human rights experts on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Zimbabwe [BBC backgrounder] to respect international human rights including privacy and freedom of association, in light of growing hostility toward civil society organizations. In the weeks leading up to the country's March 16 constitutional referendum … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] reached an agreement on Thursday on a new constitution. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public [BBC report]. Tsvangirai previously stated that the passage of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Zimbabwe must still reform its current legislative and electoral environment before this year's elections, according to a report [text, PDF] published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. In the report, HRW stated that the unity government, established in 2009 after the 2008 elections resulted in violence, failed … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human rights defenders in Zimbabwe continue to be harassed, victimized and threatened, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OBS) [FIDH backgrounder]. The OBS, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website], a coalition of 164 human rights groups, released a statement [press release] on Monday criticizing the current draft of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website; JURIST news archive] Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) [text, PDF]. FIDH criticized the … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Tuesday awarded damages to a group of five opposition politicians and activists who were unlawfully detained pursuant to the country's controversial Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA) [text, PDF], which permits indefinite detention without trial for terror suspects, dissidents and political opponents. Three politicians and … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belarus held elections for members of parliament Sunday, despite a boycott by opposition parties. Many of the largest opposition parties agreed to not vote in the elections and pull their candidates, believing the results are predetermined. Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported as at least over 50 percent … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and three other rights groups on Wednesday urged [letter, PDF; press release] the UN Security Council to renew the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website], which is scheduled to end on July 20. In an open letter to the Security Council, the rights groups … [read more]

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