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26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] was cleared of corruption charges by the Attorney General on Tuesday. The Attorney General's Office [official website] announced that the USD $681 million in Razak's personal bank account that was previously alleged to be from a state investment fund were actually discovered … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The government of Malaysia is abusing broad, vaguely worded laws to jail its critics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. Before reelection, Prime Minister Najib Razak [BBC profile] promised to support political rights by repealing the Sedition Act, which, according to HRW, began to be … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Transparency International [advocacy website] and the UNCAC Coalition [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Mongolian parliament [official website] to veto a new bill that contains provisions granting amnesty to individuals being investigated for corruption. They argue that the passage of this law would allow for 45 out … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] fired Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail [official website] on Tuesday on news that Patail was investigating him on corruption charges. The charges include documents that allegedly money from the state investment fund went into Razak's personal accounts. Razak also announced that Deputy … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Two major opposition parties in Malaysia on Sunday called for an emergency sitting of parliament in order to discuss the future of the country's prime minister. A police report has also been lodged against Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] by many opposition members, including representatives [Reuters report] of … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [official website], Farida Shaheed [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] A human rights mechanism took effect Sunday that will allow a UN committee to review complaints from people or groups who have exhausted every option for justice in their own country regarding economic, social and cultural rights violations. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The UN on Wednesday welcomed [UN News Centre report] the activation of a mechanism to simplify the means to report human rights abuses to the international community. The instrument, called the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [text, PDF], was developed in 2008 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Former president of Mongolia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Nambar Enkhbayar was convicted Wednesday on graft charges and sentenced to four years in prison. The Sukhbaatar district court also ordered the confiscation [Bloomberg report] of more than 30 million tugriks (USD $22,206) of Enkhbayar's property. Enkhbayar, who maintains his … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Mongolian Election Commission on Thursday voted to ban former Mongolian president Nambar Enkhbayar from the upcoming parliamentary election due to allegations of corruption and abuse of power during his former presidency. Enkhbayar's corruption trial began [JURIST report] on Monday. He was charged with abusing his power during his … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Former Mongolian president Nambar Enkhbayar went on trial for corruption charges on Monday. Enkhbayar was arrested in April and charged with corruption and abuse of power during his time as president until 2009. Enkhbayar told reporters that he believed his trial was politically motivated [BBC report] in order to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday implored the Indian government [open letter, PDF; press release, PDF] to stop the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana and ban all forms of capital punishment. AI claimed that if India allows the execution, the country's first since 2004, it would be moving … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty on Sunday marked the 8th World Day against the Death Penalty [advocacy websites], specifically urging the US, Iran and China to end the death penalty [press release]. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner [BBC profile] encouraged all countries that still embrace the death … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that foreign diplomatic missions are not required to pay property taxes on real property used for housing staff and not diplomatic purposes. The ruling overturned judgments against India and Mongolia, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned the recent execution [press release] of 18 people in Libya [JURIST news archive]. The executed were charged with pre-meditated murder and several were foreign nationals from Chad, Egypt, and Nigeria. AI reiterated their opposition to the death penalty [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The number of countries using the death penalty [JURIST news archive] continued to drop during 2009, according to an annual report [text, PDF] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. According to the report, more than 700 people were executed last year in 18 countries, with the most … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Korea [official website, in Korean] ruled Thursday that the death penalty [JURIST news archive] does not violate the South Korean constitution [text, PDF]. The court's 5-4 decision could lead to a reinstatement of the death penalty in South Korea, which has held an unofficial moratorium … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze [official profile] on Wednesday praised the increasing number of countries [text] that have suspended or abolished the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Speaking at the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty [FIDH backgrounder] in Geneva, Ordzhonikidze expressed hope [UN News Centre report] that countries … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia [official profile] announced Thursday that he would suspend [speech text] the death penalty [JURIST news archive] and commute the sentences of all prisoners currently on death row to 30 years in prison. In a lengthy speech to the Mongolian Parliament, Tsakhia called for a permanent … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Mongolia Democratic Party [party website, in Mongolian] presidential candidate Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj [Taipei Times profile] on Monday defeated current president Nambar Enkhbayar [official website, in Mongolian] in the country's general election. Educated in the US, Elbegborj ran on a platform of fighting corruption [Xinhua report] and redistributing profits from the country's mining operations to Mongolian residents. Enkhbayar's Communist Party … [read more]

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