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Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Iran reportedly executed [IBT report] Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) [official website], it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof Heyns stated … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] issued a briefing [PDF] on Tuesday that said the Islamic State (IS) has exposed Iraq's Yezdi minority to violence and torture. The briefing details the torturous behaviors IS has exhibited towards Yezdi women, including rape, sexual violence and forcing women and young girls to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Bilal Khan of United Kingdom's government sector

JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second largest … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday called for intensive efforts [press release] to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's control over the judicial system. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, in French; press release] Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) [party website]. The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) [party website], asked the nation's high court on Friday to overturn a newly enacted law granting parliament greater control over the judiciary. The CHP claims the law is an attempt by the controlling party to avoid the consequences of the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC backgrounder] approved a law on Wednesday which increases government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the country. The new law [Reuters report] grants the Ministry of Justice [official website] greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) [official … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law granting itself greater control with respect to the judicial appointment process. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed the bill though parliament, thereby granting the Justice … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law giving parliament more control over how judges are appointed. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and even violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed through the bill giving the Justice Ministry more control … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement [text] from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) [official website], called … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the release of three Kurdish lawmakers charged with having links to militants after ordering the release of two others on Friday. A judge in Diyarbakir ruled [Reuters report] that the detainment of Selma Irmakand and Faysal Sariyildiz, Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party members … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Turkish court ruled on Friday that the police-judiciary body attempting to root out government corruption did not have to disclose their investigations to the government. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] attempted to force these disclosures in order to reign in the power that police are currently … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Dec 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, as its new government matures, Iraq must address critical issues left ambiguous in the initial constitution if it desires to remain revelavant and united ... UN officials have recently reported that sectarian based execution style … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] on Wednesday named ten new members of his cabinet following the resignation of three members under investigation for graft. Nine of the ten new cabinet ministers are members of the ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. Erdogan … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Turkish court in Diyarbakir on Monday rejected bids to be released from pre-trial detention by two members of the parliament for the Kurdish Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), Gulser Yildirim and Ibrahim Ayhan. Yildirim and Ayhan have been detained [Reuters report] since 2010 when they were each charged … [read more]

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