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22 hours ago
by Emelina Perez

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website], Melissa Fleming, expressed concern over the growing number of migrants arriving in Europe and urged [press release] all EU member states to implement measures agreed on last year to ensure human treatment of all refugees … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday voted in favor of a wide-ranging House bill aiming to strengthen US trade, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to be signed. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 [HR 644], passed [vote] the House of Representatives [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

UN human rights experts urged [press release] the Nigerian government Friday to guarantee the safety of areas liberated from Boko Haram. The UN experts expressed concern for the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning home to these areas after a series of vicious Boko Haram attacks. Boko Haram recently … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that nearly five years after Bahrain's Day of Rage [BBC report] protests sparked international concern over Bahraini government accountability in human rights, the hope for reform has dwindled. In Bahrain, February 14, 2011, was marked by a day of protests that … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Thursday ordered a Bosnian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history during the Bosnian war. Zdenko Jekisa [ICE press release] has resided in the US … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged [press release] or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were being used for military purposes. According to a detailed investigative report [text], government forces and Russia-backed militants have deployed forces in and near schools, … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A Moroccan judge on Thursday ordered the release [NYT report] of Younis Chekkouri, a former Guantanamo detainee who had remained in custody for nearly five months despite diplomatic assurances that he would be freed after his transfer to the country [JURIST report]. Chekkouri's case drew scrutiny because authorities in Morocco … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Territories Makarim Wibisono [official profile] urged Israel on Thursday to address its use of excessive force against Palestinians and to charge or release all administrative detainees. In a report [materials] to the UN Human Rights Council, Wibinso claimed [Reuters report] that there have been … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the nation's legal structures are still "deeply flawed," according to an 87-page report [text, PDF] released [press release] Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Describing how the revolution elicited sweeping changes in the justice system, the report discusses Iran's new … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile], expressed "utmost alarm" [press release] Thursday at the worsening situation in Syria. Zeid said that warring parties were "constantly sinking to new depths," attacking women, children, the sick and the elderly with unprecedented force throughout the nation. … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

The Northern Ireland Assembly [official website] rejected proposed amendments to the region's strict abortion laws on Wednesday. The Assembly voted against a proposed amendment [text, PDF] to the Justice Bill [text] that would allow terminations in cases of sexual crime, fatal fetal abnormality or incest. The Northern Ireland Human Rights … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Miracle Jones

Amnesty International USA (AI) [advocacy website] alleges that Mustafa al-Hawsawi [AI report], one of the accused 9/11 ringleaders, is in desperate need of medical care in a letter [text, PDF] to the Pentagon that was made public on Wednesday. In the letter the agency states that Hawsawi is in severe … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, for alleged unjust policing. According to Lynch's statement, the lawsuit alleges "a pattern or practice of law … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The prosecutor in the trial of Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on Wednesday requested that the former Chadian leader be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. The sentencing recommendation was made by Senegal special prosecutor Mbacke Fall after his closing arguments. Lawyers for the civil parties in this trial began … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] on Wednesday called [press release] for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania on Wednesday upheld [materials] the 20-year sentence of Soviet-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu for crimes against humanity. Visinescu was head of the Romanian prison Râmnicu Sărat for seven years, beginning in 1956, over the course of which approximately 14 political prisoners … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombia's Constitutional Court [official website, Spanish] on Monday revoked the mining licenses of all 347 private mining companies that had previously been granted approval to develop the ecologically endangered Colombian Andes. The resolution contradicts [Colombiareports article] part of the National Development Plan organized by the National Planning Department [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Tuesday that increased funding and international cooperation are needed to successfully combat human trafficking [UN News Centre report]. Ban stressed that human trafficking affects victims in 124 countries despite the existence of political will and legal tools to root out human traffickers. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] North Korea last week executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri Young-gil served [Independent report] as the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un's army since August 2013. It is believed the relationship between … [read more]

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