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15 hours ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Judicial Council of Ghana [official website] on Monday announced the suspension of seven high court judges following corruption allegations by an investigative journalist. The decision was based on video footage collected in a nationwide investigation conducted by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the leading journalist on uncovering corruption in the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Judicial Council of Ghana [official website] on Wednesday announced the suspension of 22 judges and magistrates on suspicion of corruption. The charges are based on video footage collected in a nationwide investigation conducted by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the leading journalist on uncovering corruption in the judiciary. The footage … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad [Jakarta Post report] were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for recruiting seven others to … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture [official website] on Thursday criticized [report, PDF] Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had in … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez [official website] on Thursday outlined [press release] the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Qatar [official website] appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple who faced charges of parental neglect after their adopted daughter passed away. Matthew and Grace Huang's daughter was eight years old and was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana. The daughter's cause of death reported by Qatar's … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez [official profile] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] over the conditions in Ghana [UN backgrounder] prisons. After visiting several prisons around the country, reviewing studies, and speaking with prison employees and inmates, Mendez concluded that the state of prisons in the country amounts to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ghana [official website] on Thursday upheld [press release] the disputed election of President John Mahama [campaign website] last year. Mahama won the election with 50.7 of the vote, getting 300,000 more votes than the opposition. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) [party website], had challenged … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Charles Ble Goude [Trial Watch backgrounder], the former Ivory Coast Minister for Sports and Youth and close political ally of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile], was charged Tuesday with war crimes and murder. Goude has been in hiding since May 2011 when French special forces forced out and captured … [read more]

Legal News
12 Dec 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The New Patriotic Party of Ghana (NPP) [party website] on Tuesday announced [press release] its plan to challenge the country's presidential election results after alleging that the victory of incumbent president John Dramani Mahama [BBC profile] was due to fraud. Though Mahama was declared the winner [AP report] of … [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]

Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Special Court for Sierra Leone must set a date to release its ruling on the war crimes charges against former Liberian president Charles Taylor so that it can conclude its proceedings... The case against the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana (CEPEHRG) [advocacy website] warned Friday that the nation is on the verge of an "anti-gay hate campaign," following reports of government-endorsed anti-gay sentiments. A spokesperson for the CEPEHRG said that the nation's largely underground LGBT community is in a panic … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged all parties to show restraint [press release] in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive]. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville acknowledged [press briefing] that OHCHR had received unconfirmed reports that the Ivory Coast Republican Forces … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A group of Kyrgyz lawyers is refusing to proceed with defending of ethnic Uzbeks in connection with eruptions of ethnic violence in June unless the government provides increased protections for them and their families. Group representatives cite multiple instances of violence against defenders of those accused of stoking ethnic … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that unless the AU and the ICC establish a proper dialogue, the logic of mutual gain for the ICC and Africa is at a risk of being undermined if not entirely lost.... On July 27, 2010, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, says that climate change will ravage the African continent if its leaders do not urgently assert their peoples' rights... Africa is the richest continent in the world, but you would not know it if you … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] held elections [materials] for 15 open seats Wednesday, with four seats going to countries that have been harshly criticized by human rights groups. In a report [PDF text] to the UNHRC, Freedom House [advocacy website; press release] and UN Watch … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Jun 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law, former Chief Prosecutor for the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, says that despite the absence of former Liberian president and indicted war criminal Charles Taylor from the opening of his trial before an SCSL panel sitting at an … [read more]

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