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Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Mónica Pinto [official profile] on Monday urged [statement, in Spanish] officials in Guinea-Bissau to implement measures aimed at increasing residents' access to justice throughout the nation. Pinto released the statement just days after completing her first official visit [PRN … [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
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
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
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
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
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]

Legal News
24 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond [press release] to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] annual report [text, PDF] published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human rights, such as dialogue and … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The number of free countries and electoral democracies dropped and the overall freedom in the Middle East and North Africa suffered for the fifth year, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the US-based rights group Freedom House [advocacy website]. The group's annual assessment, Freedom in the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The EU on Monday declined to renew its mandate [press release, PDF] of reforming Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder] security forces, citing the breakdown of law and order in the country. The EU SSR Guinea-Bissau Mission [official website] was first launched in June 2008 and was intended to provide assistance to … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called on leaders in Guinea-Bissau [official website, in Portuguese] to respect the rule of law [press release] and maintain constitutional order in the wake of a confrontation between the military and government in which the prime minister was detained and later … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, the South African National Assembly [official website] has approved the highly controversial national Children's Bill [PDF text], nine years after its first introduction. The bill, which will be presented to the National Council of Provinces [official website] for approval next before being submitted to President … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2004
by Jeannie Shawl

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, September 29.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will consider the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House will convene at … [read more]

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