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Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Belgian court on Thursday found the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive] not guilty of copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse. According to the Mechelse court [official website, in Dutch], the prosecution failed to prove [Standaard report, in Dutch] that co-founders Gottfrid … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [judgment] six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Greece's new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party [official website, in Greek], vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech [AP report] before the Greek parliament [official website] stated that country's civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples. … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [JURIST news archive] was arrested under an Interpol warrant on Monday when he was trying to cross from Laos into Thailand. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a Swedish … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam of the Singapore Management University School of Law says that Indian Supreme Court has dangerously rolled back the clock on LGBT rights, threatening the ongoing process of progressive reform in Asia ... More than four years after the Delhi High Court invalidated S. 377 of … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released new satellite images [text, photos, PDF] and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastructure of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted three individuals charged with sinking the Bahamas-flagged oil tanker Prestige 11 years ago, finding no criminal liability. The three-judge court determined [AP report] that the ship sank due to poor maintenance and repair rather than the action of the individuals. The named defendants … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 did not contain a provision for reproductive rights, but the United Nations approved the Proclamation of Teheran in 1968 at the World Conference for Human Rights, which defined reproductive rights as human rights. The UN also included full access to reproductive health … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Aguirre of the Regents College London says that although the recently adopted ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is a significant step forward, much work remains to be done in order to protect human rights in the region...On November 18, 2012, the Association of South East Asian Nations … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) [text; official website] officially went into effect on Sunday as binding international law. The CCM bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster bombs, weapons that break apart, releasing large numbers of smaller, self-contained explosives which spread out before detonating on impact. … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Several human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], on Sunday expressed concern over the potential for violence as the Thai government begins the forced deportation of 4,000 ethnic Hmong [materials] to Laos from a refugee camp inside Thailand. The Hmong fear that they … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2009
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] announced Friday the establishment [press release, PDF] of a new commission on human rights for the region. The body will be known as the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and was introduced [opening remarks] by Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) [official website] has released [press release; materials] its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) and adding six new countries to its "watch list." The other CPC are Burma, … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW)[advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday called on Laos [HRW press release] to release leaders of the ethnic minority Hmong [materials] who were forcibly repatriated from Thailand and imprisoned in Laos for their roles in a June protest demonstration Thai refugee camp, denouncing the move … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The annual UN Treaty Event [official website], celebrated yearly to promote universal participation in international treaties and agreements, concluded Wednesday [UN News Centre report] after a number of states signed and ratified various treaties and conventions. This year's event, entitled "Treaty Event 2008: Towards Universal Participation And Implementation - … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a non-employee consultant may be held liable for misstatements or omissions in periodic financial reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Singapore Second Foreign Minister Raymond Lim said in a speech Wednesday that the new human rights body of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] should not set initial standards too high [AFP report] for the organization's member states. The terms and powers of the new human … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] agreed Tuesday to a new charter that will unite members into an economic bloc similar to the European Union, but faced criticism for the charter's weak stance on human rights. Article 14 of the charter [PDF text] establishes … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Somalia and Myanmar rank as the world's most corrupt nations in 2007 according to the latest annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index [corruption index; press release] released Wednesday. The index ranked 180 countries based on observations by businesspeople and analysts, giving each a score between 1 and 10. Myanmar … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] reached an agreement in principle Monday to establish a human rights body as part of the proposed ASEAN Charter, according to an announcement by Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo [official profile]. Yeo, who is heading the 40th ASEAN … [read more]

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