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Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Honduran Congressional Vice President Lena Gutierrez [official Facebook page] began her trial Wednesday for her role in the nation's recent medical sale scandal. The charges [El Tiempo report, in Spanish] include falsification of public documents and fraud against the government by drug sales to the Ministry of Health [official … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) [official website] has issued a report [press release, PDF] criticizing the Obama administration's immigration detention facilities, stating that some "are not fully complying with detention standards regarding medical care, legal information and other basic standards of treatment." The report [text, PDF], "The … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Monday sentenced Christopher R. Glenn 120 months in jail and three years of supervised release for willful retention of classified national defense information [DOJ press release] under the Espionage Act [text]. Glenn was … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Sarah Steers

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas [official profile], 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the UN's highest court, issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile [BBC backgrounders] on Monday. The ICJ granted [press release, PDF] Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website] on Monday urged [press release] governments to implement a binding international agreement to regulate the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs). The working group found that current national legislation insufficiently addresses PMSC activities, due to inadequacies … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a measure to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offenses. In January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ordered Italy to address the problem [JURIST report] within … [read more]

19 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Even since human slavery was officially banned through the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, human trafficking continues to present an ongoing problem in the US and abroad. The US State Department reports [PDF] that between two to four million individuals are trafficked worldwide annually, with at least 17,500 of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of the Western New England School of Law says that the US must restrict aid to the Honduran government, so long as human rights abuses continue ...Honduras is plagued by the world's highest homicide rate. This has been widely reported for the past two years, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged [press release] the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website], recently returned from a five-day mission … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Honduras National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved constitutional reforms to set up an impeachment process [press release, in Spanish]. The amendments [El Heraldo report, in Spanish] follow a 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed former president Manuel Zelaya from office. There would be two steps … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that overcrowding in Italy's prisons violates the basic rights of inmates. Seven inmates at two Italian prisons filed complaints against the Italian government in 2009, alleging that the prison cells were overcrowded and that there … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved controversial amendments to the police law [materials, in Spanish] designed to eliminate corruption. Approval came after the congress voted to dismiss four justices [JURIST report] of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] last week after the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] for alleged abuse of their position. The dismissal of the judges came after the justices ruled last week [AP report] that a police reform bill supported by the congress … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Those who are engaged in human rights defense in the Americas are subject to increasing levels of "intimidation, harassment and attacks," Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday. The report, entitled "Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas," investigated over 300 reports of abuses … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Honduras [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to take measures to address the violence against human rights defenders. The call came amid two recent killings of lawyers working on human rights cases … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Canadian federal court judge on Tuesday ordered a judicial review of the nation's prison grievance system. Justice Anne Mactavish for the Federal Court of Canada [official website] held [CBC report] that the backlog in the grievance system is contributing to the increased violence and tension in the nation's … [read more]

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