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Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Adam R. Banner of Oklahoma Legal Group

JURIST Columnist Adam R. Banner discusses the recent controversies surrounding the executions in Oklahoma... "They say lethal injection causes no pain. How do they know? Did someone come back from the dead and say they didn't feel anything?" These prolific words, uttered by inmate Groves in the first season of … [read more]

8 Apr 2014

In 1999, unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the New York City Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. His death incited community outrage on the issue of policing and race. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal organization devoted to defending constitutional rights, brought a suit against … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda [official profile] urged [press release] Guinea-Bissau authorities on Friday to address the needs of those living in the country in extreme poverty. Sepulveda called on Guinea-Bissau to "move the country's politics away from short-term power struggles," and address "the consistent decline of investment in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] called [statement] for changes to the way Australia deals with asylum seekers. As of August 2013, Australia transfers all individuals seeking asylum to a holding camp in Papua New Guinea. From here, they are processed and … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement [text] from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) [official website], called … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution [UN News Center report] urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short [AP report] of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Thursday welcomed [statement] a regional agreement announced Wednesday to deter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government [All Africa report] closed with the adoption of the International Maritime Organization [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday highlighted their concern over violence and turmoil in Guinea [press release]. The OHCHR discussed reports of injuries and death [UN News Centre report] following demonstrations in the captial of Conakry. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website; press release] on Monday urged all parties in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to resolve their differences peacefully. The call came amid a recent attack [Aljazeera report] on the country's army base outside of the capital Bissau in which at least … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Thursday for the Guinean government to further its support for the prosecution of crimes originating from a 2009 massacre. On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the massacre, HRW published a statement [press release] requesting that additional resources be dedicated to … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Police in Papua New Guinea on Monday arrested and charged Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Kirriwoma with sedition. Kirriwoma is the second Supreme Court justice that has been arrested for Sedition this month. Last week, police stormed the country's Supreme Court and arrested Chief Justice Salamo Injia [JURIST report] on … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] insisted on Friday that anyone who engaged in violent acts relating to the April 12 coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder] should be held accountable [press release] for their actions. In the press release, Pillay voiced concern that the … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Police in Papua New Guinea on Thursday stormed the country's supreme court and arrested the chief justice on charges of sedition. Chief Justice Salamo Injia was arrested after the court ruled for the second time that former prime minister Michael Somare should be reinstated. There has been a struggle … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] signed into law on Thursday a bill [H 464 materials] outlawing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST news archive], making Vermont the first US state to ban the controversial technique used to extract natural gas from the ground. Fracking is the process of injecting … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern on Friday about threats to rule of law [press release] in Papua New Guinea. Since August 2011 there has been a battle for leadership and the legitimacy of the Prime Minister has been called into question. Pillay's … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order [press release] in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder]. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes, … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Friday demanded immediate restoration of constitutional order [statement] in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder]. His demand came after a military coup on Thursday that led to seizure of power over the government and detention of various officials including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged the people of Guinea-Bissau [JURIST news archive] Friday to ensure that the country's upcoming presidential election is free and fair and warned that any violence during the election would be a violation of human rights. The presidential election, … [read more]

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