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Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continue to face discrimination and human rights abuses, according to a report [text, DOC] from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] released Tuesday. The commission found that while LGBT rights have increased … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev [Russia Profile] about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Kyrgyzstan government discussed [RFE/RL report] proposed legislation that would allow the Kyrgyz government to shut down media outlets without requiring a court decision with Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) [media website] Friday. Justice Ministry spokesman Emir Zulpuev told RFE/RL that the legislation would allow … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings [BBC backgrounder], arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Malaysia's Court of Appeal [official website] in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman [Human Rights Watch (HRW) report], and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website], on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan [official website, in Kyrgyz] to reject proposed legislation [press release] institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan [official website] issued a press release [text] Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow [Reuters report] for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Kyrgyz parliament [official website, in Kyrgyz] on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets [RFE/RL report], those found guilty of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text, PDF] detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan [HRW profile]. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Son of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Maxim Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years on Wednesday by a Kyrgyz court. He was convicted [BBC report] of entering into several energy agreements that cost Kyrgyzstan hundreds of millions of dollars and found guilty of illegally privatizing public land surrounding a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced to death four individuals convicted on financial corruption charges, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report]. The national news agency cited [Reuters report] Prosecutor-General Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, who said that the four were among 39 suspects who received sentences ranging … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday urged the government of Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to allow an independent international investigation [press release] into the unrest last December that resulted in at least 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday urged [press release] the government of Kyrgyzstan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to ensure the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Pillay mentioned that one of the obstacles the country has … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai [official profile] on Thursday called on the international community to protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association [press release]. In a report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council [official website], he provided several recommendations for improving the situation of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that determining the impact of the recently announced Strategic Partnership Agreement between the US and Afghanistan requires a look into the many interests vested in the region...As immortalized in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, the nineteenth century "Great … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Johann Bihr, Director of the Press Desk for Europe and Central Asia at Reporters Without Borders, says a new Belarusian law not only limits the online freedoms of individuals, but also creates harsh penalties for Internet providers, all in a government effort to exert more control over … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized [press release] the Kyrgyz Supreme Court for upholding a guilty verdict in a trial it claims was marred by allegations of torture, violence and threats. In its ruling on December 20, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court upheld a verdict against eight … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday criticized [HRW report; AI report, text] Kyrgyzstan's lack of judicial progress, marking the one-year anniversary of the June 2010 ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder] that resulted in more than 300 deaths and 2,000 injuries. Both reports alleged [HRW … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission [official website] on Tuesday concluded [report, PDF] that the Kyrgyzstan military handed out weapons to Kyrgyz mobs who attacked minority Uzbeks last summer. The international, independent inquiry into the June 2010 ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that resulted in more than 300 deaths … [read more]

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