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3 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] in a statement [press release] released on Friday urged all concerned countries to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice" scarring girls for life [UN news report], endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The West Jakarta District Court of Indonesia sentenced two drug smugglers to death after the National Narcotics Agency found them trafficking methamphetamine into the country. The 1,900 pound shipment was the largest quantity of meth ever confiscated in Indonesia, worth approximately USD $116.8 million. Hong Kong syndicate leader Wong … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

A "people's tribunal" opened Tuesday in The Hague to investigate the murder of thousands of alleged communists by Indonesian authorities in 1965. Human rights lawyers have charged Indonesia [AP report] with nine counts, including torture, sexual violence, and murder, for the government's involvement in the deaths of roughly 500,000 people. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that Australia's maritime border control agents have engaged in significant criminal activity, bribery and abusive treatment of women, men and children who are seeking asylum. A new report titled By Hook or By Crook [text] shows that in May 2015 Australian officials … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Indonesian province of Aceh has begun to enforce a law [BBC report] based on Sharia law [BBC backgrounder] which bans homosexual sex as well as adultery. Both locals and foreigners may now be punished with "100 strokes of the cane" upon proof that they engaged in an outlawed liaison. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Death row inmates in Indonesia have been denied the right to counsel, beaten and coerced into confessions, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. The country has executed 14 prisoners since President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] took office in October 2014, all for … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Aug 2015
by Dimas Kuncoro Jati of Gadjah Mada University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimas Kuncoro Jati, of Gadjah Mada University, discusses the separatist movement in the West Papua and estimates its chances of exercising secession from Indonesia under the Kosovo scenario ... West Papua separatists are allegedly trying to seek international community attention by arranging a new strategy to compose … [read more]


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]

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