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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Latvia's [official website] center right coalition on Sunday won majority in the nations general election. The victory for the center right coalition comes as a huge victory over the pro-Russian support group which were considered a major opposition within the election. Many Latvians feared [Reuters report] the pro-Russian concord … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release] to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday applauded [press release] the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court [official website] ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] detention center. AI called the decision a victory … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Prosecutors investigating allegations of a CIA secret prison in a Polish forest announced on Friday that they will be looking further into recent developments surrounding the so-called "black site." According to the Washington Post, two senior CIA officials were seen delivering cardboard boxes containing $15 million in cash [WP … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive]. The case [Al Jazeera report] involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday declared support of Saudi Arabia's decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Amnesty International UK (AI) [advcocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Lithuania to reopen its investigation into the country's involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programs after a victim came forward with new information. Redress [advocacy website] and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute filed a complaint [text, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute [official websites] on Tuesday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] that may have operated in the country from 2001-2006. In 2010 Lithuania launched an investigation into illegal detentions but closed it a … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] called Monday on the US government to publish the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] report detailing investigations into the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Irish government on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation [press release] to clarify that abortions are legal when the mother's life is at risk. The legislation is intended to put Ireland in compliance with a 2010 ruling [JURIST report] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, PDF; press release] Poland's treatment of a 14-year-old rape victim who sought an abortion. The victim initially faced charges of unlawful intercourse by the Polish criminal justice system. The ECHR articulated four violations of the European … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Serbia [press release] to protect universal freedoms and allow a banned pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The pride parade, which was scheduled to be held this Saturday in Belgrade, was canceled … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Monday that it urged [application, PDF] the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to review allegations that Romania was involved in the torture and other ill-treatment of a Saudi Arabian currently facing a death penalty trial … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. … [read more]

Student Commentary
16 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dora Rotar, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the seventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Rotar examines the political and legal challenges Croatia will face as … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ann Eisenberg, Cornell University Law School Class of 2012, is an Articles and Symposium Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She questions whether EU membership is the best decision for Croatia given the current debt crisis...By the time Croatia joins the EU on July 1, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The former head of the Polish Intelligence Agency may face charges for his assistance of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in operating a secret prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. Zbigniew Siemiatkowski told a Polish newspaper on Tuesday that he could face charges for his association … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Latvian voters on Saturday rejected Russian [press release] as a second official state language in Latvia [official website]. Preliminary results from the national referendum show that 74.8 percent of voters rejected adding the Russian language with only 24.88 percent in favor of having two state languages. The percentage split … [read more]

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