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Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] addressed [statement; press release] the UN General Assembly on Friday and cautioned the international community to avoid discrimination against Muslims, especially refugees and migrants entering Europe, as a result of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris a week earlier. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing problems with how the EU is approaching the refugee crisis and recommending changes to ensure international law is followed and human rights are appropriately valued. AI is calling [press release] "for managed, safe, legal routes into Europe and … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The EU on Tuesday released a report [press release] criticizing Turkey for human rights and governmental issues which they save have not been addressed through new reforms. The report discusses how issues such as the refugee crisis and oppression of journalists could be cured by adopting reforms that mirror … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] With a tremendous influx of refugees in the Greek islands of Chios, Kalymnos, Kos, Lesvos, Leros and Samos, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) aid capabilities have been stretched thin. Working through a four-day shipping strike, the UN refugee agency on Saturday reasserted its call … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Austria's cabinet on Tuesday introduced a new bill to deter Afghan migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Under current Austrian laws, Afghan migrants may bring their family into Austria after waiting one year. The new bill will extend that one-year period [Reuters report] to three years in attempt … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on [HRW report] the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states [official websites] to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official bio] on Thursday urged [press release] the Czech Republic to stop detaining migrants and refugees in "degrading" conditions. According to Zeid, the numerous migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015 have been subjected … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the UK's practice of administering a residence test to migrants for benefit payments is legal. The court, as it normally does, followed the opinion written by the advocate general at the European Court of Justice [official website]. The action was … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday, gave the opening statement [transcript] at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in which he addressed, among other pressing human rights issues, the migrant crisis. In his statement, he commended the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Aug 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) [Spanish] discusses the legal developments of same-sex marriage in Europe... Quite recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered a landmark decision in the protection of rights of same-sex couples under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR): … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Oct 2014
by Stefan Kirchner of University of Lapland
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland in Finland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for those infected or suspected of … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] During a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, US President Barack Obama condemned [press release] Russia's violation of Ukrainian sovereignty after Russian forces had taken up positions in Ukraine. Earlier that day, Russian lawmakers unanimously authorized [LAT report] the use of armed forces to protect their … [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]

Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane, of the Syracuse University College of Law, argues that the world should remember the 1930's in crafting a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria ...Appeasement in the face of tyranny never works. Consider the 1930's, when the international community, (and a spineless League of … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The international response to the crisis in Syria has been mixed since the conflict began in 2011. While Assad maintains some international support, much of the world has condemned his regime's response to the protests against his regime since the early days of the conflict. The UN has attempted to … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] 2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report [advocacy website] released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website]. RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index [materials] to coincide with World Press Freedom Day [official website]. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Clare da Silva of Amnesty International argues that the new Arms Trade Treaty shows remarkable progress in the international regulation of arms transactions...On April 2, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a global treaty that applies international legal standards to govern transfers … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that recent court decisions reflect inconsistency in weighing marriage equality and religious freedom...Claims that same-sex marriage is on a collision course with religious freedom have dominated the headlines (The New York Times and The Washington Post) in the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Dec 2012

JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, argues that the effect of an on-going human rights debate in the British Isles and the European Court of Human Rights may have a detrimental effect on the same-sex marriage debate in the UK...In its formal response to the … [read more]

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