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Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The State Administrative Court of Jakarta [official website, in Indonesian] on Monday denied the clemency appeal of a French citizen sentenced to death on a drug trafficking charge. The appeal of Serge Atlaoui was an effort to reverse the original clemency denial made by President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement [text] Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting on ships, they have … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [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
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website, in Indonesian] has agreed to hear a last minute appeal by two condemned drug smugglers known as the "Bali Nine Pair" [ABC profile]. The pair's legal representative said [Daily Mail report] Monday that the court has agreed to hear the appeal. The pair … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Indonesia notified nine convicted of drug traffickers--four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia--that their executions will be carried out within 72 hours. The executions will be carried out by firing squad [AP report] in Besi prison on Nusakambangan … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Monday rejected the appeals of two Australians on death row for drug smuggling. The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are known leaders of the Bali Nine [Guardian backgrounder] narcotics organization. They filed appeals [JURIST report] after President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] rejected their … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday delayed a hearing for two Australians that are known leaders of the Bali Nine [Guardian backgrounder] narcotics organization. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are currently facing execution for drug smuggling charges, including heroin. Earlier this year an Indonesian court scheduled the appeal [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Indonesian court has scheduled an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row for Thursday March 12th. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling organization, were granted the appeal despite President Joko Widodo's [BBC profile] refusal to grant them clemency. Widodo … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged [press release] the Indonesian government to halt all executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses. Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, made this statement in response to Indonesian officials' … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty [press release] in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions [JURIST report] took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the result of strict anti-drug legislation. The … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, Malawi, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Brazil. The executions … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty [press release] establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], the agreement is a demonstration [Xinhua report] of how the two countries have been able … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono [Jerusalem Post report], on Tuesday formally requested [press release; UN News Centre reported] access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory to gather first-hand information into the human rights situation in Gaza. The UN estimates over … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over Prabowo Subianto, who claimed widespread cheating and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government suggest truly confidential … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) [official website, in Indonesian] on Monday established three panels to review disputes regarding the country's April 9 legislative elections. The MK and the General Elections Commission (KPU) [official website, in Indonesian] formed the panels [Antara News report] in expectation of challenges to the election … [read more]


Features
7 May 2014

Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious dignity. Others nations express narrower, more … [read more]

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