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Professional Commentary
2 days ago
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [official profile] appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday to argue for the dismissal of the charges of crimes against humanity filed against him and his co-defendant, broadcaster Joshua Sang. The defense claims that the charges should be dropped in … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Dec 2015
by James Tugee of University of Pittsburgh
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist James Tugee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the potential impact of major changes to foreign businesses registering in Kenya... Kenya enacted the Companies Act No. 17 of 2015 [PDF] on September 11, 2015, to replace the Companies Act Cap. 486 (1948) [PDF]. Among … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican human rights activist, on Thursday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 [text, PDF], which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men, in the Supreme Court of Jamaica [official website]. The complaint alleges that sections 76, 77 and 79 of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday declared that corruption is a "standing threat to our national security" [press release]. Kenyatta's comments come amid criticism [M&G Africa report] that he has lost the fight against corruption. Noting that "the bribe accepted by an official can lead to successful terrorist attacks … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed by a vote of 2-1 [opinion, PDF] the dismissal [DC Circuit opinion below, PDF] of a Bivens action filed by a US citizen alleging that he was tortured and threatened by US Federal Bureau of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the Department of Justice [official website], announced [press release]on Thursday, that the Department of Justice will fund a 44 million dollar grant to fight human trafficking me. The funds will support the actual fight against human trafficking, support victims, and expand research for human … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] unsealed arrest warrants [order, PDF] Thursday for Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett, two Kenyans charged with interfering with the prosecution of the Kenya Situation. As Gicheru and Bett were arrested and made aware of the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] has requested [order, PDF] that South Africa provide an explanation for the country's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile]. As an ICC member, South Africa was required to arrest Bashir on his two-day stay in the country during a mid-June … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by Anneke Meerkotter and Graeme Reid of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Human Rights Watch
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT rights in particular... In the past eight months, three African court … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Kenyan police on Thursday charged five men in connection with the attack on Garissa University by al-Shabaab militants in April. The attack by Somali Islamist gunmen killed 148 students, making it the nation's worst militant attack in nearly 20 years. While the four gunmen involved in the attack were … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A top Osama bin Laden aide was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring with other al Qaeda members in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] rejected Khaled al-Fawwaz's … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) [official website] ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection [Guardian report], and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was taken into … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]

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