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Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The UN issued [press release] the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners [text, PDF] Wednesday to improve the treatment of prisoners throughout the world. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, spoke on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile], saying, "[h]e notes the critical importance of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Former Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges relating to the 2009 killing of three prisoners [JURIST report] which he oversaw. The prisoners were detained in 2009 for protesting against former President Mahmous Ahmedinejad's [BBC profile] disputed re-election - an issue that drew significant global criticism … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced [press release] a plan to end the practice of indefinitely banning men who have ever engaged in sexual acts with other men from donating blood. "With greater knowledge of HIV, the 31-year practice is no longer the most scientifically … [read more]

Student Commentary
6 Nov 2014
by Masoud Mortazavi of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Masoud Mortazavi, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the fifth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Mortazavi discusses the ways in which professional sports have helped shape the narrative … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Iranian Parliament [official website, in Persian] on Sunday voted 192-56 to impeach the country's labor minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, because he appointed an official who was implicated in the deaths of anti-government prisoners in 2010. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [JURIST news archive] said that this constituted an abuse of power … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Iranian government has executed two men convicted of killing [JURIST report] three anti-government protesters in prison in 2009, according to a report Sunday by pro-government website Khabarnameh Daneshjooyan. The execution of the two prison officials was reported [AFP report] by Abdolhossein Rouhalamini, the father of one of the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi has been named by multiple Iranian news sources as one of three top judicial officials who were suspended in connection with the torture deaths of three detained protesters, multiple Iranian media outlets reported [AFP report] Monday. The suspensions were announced last week [JURIST report], but … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A military court in Iran has ordered the suspension of three top judiciary officials in connection with last year's torture deaths of three detained protesters, the Mehr News Agency [official website, in Persian] reported Monday. The three victims, Mohammad Kamrani, Amir Javadi-far and Mohsen Ruholamini, were tortured and beaten … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] An Iranian military court has sentenced two men to death by hanging for killing three anti-government protesters in prison, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website, in Persian] on Wednesday. Nine others were sentenced to prison terms, and one suspect was acquitted. The men were … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Tuesday began the trial of 12 Iranian prison officials accused of torturing three prisoners to death, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website, in Persian]. The three victims, identified as Mohsen Rouholamini, Mohammad Kamrani, and Amir Javadifar, were arrested for their … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2010
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Iran's Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei [GlobalSecurity profile] on Monday called for sedition trials against leaders of protests following last June's contested presidential election [JURIST news archive]. In a statement to Tehran prosecutors [Reuters report], Ejei said that he supported calls by religious and civil authorities to try those … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An Iranian parliamentary inquiry has found that Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was responsible for the deaths [Alef report, in Persian] of at least three detainees involved in protests that followed the June 12 presidential election [JURIST news archive], the conservative Alef website reported Wednesday. The report alleges that Mortazavi, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Iran’s prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi said Monday that the three American hikers arrested in July for illegally entering Iran are being charged with espionage [IRNA report]. In statements to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Dolat-Abadi further declared that the investigation of the American citizens' charges has begun … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Media workers and reformists are urging Iran's new prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi [PressTV report] to remove bans placed on newspapers and to free journalists who were imprisoned during the term of his predecessor, Saeed Mortazavi [JURIST news archive], according to a letter posted Saturday on the website of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani [profile] has removed controversial Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi [JURIST news archive] from office, according to state media reports Saturday. The reason for the dismissal is as yet unclear. Mortazavi was appointed as prosecutor general in 2003 [NYT report] and has been derisively … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The lawyer for imprisoned US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appealed her recent conviction for espionage [JURIST report]. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary reportedly said that he hoped her eight-year sentence would be changed [Reuters report]. On Monday, Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary on Monday ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted [JURIST report] this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi [BBC profile] said the appeal [BBC report] by journalist Roxana Saberi [BBC profile], a dual US-Iran … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday issued an order to prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to recognize the legal rights of detained journalists Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] and Hossein Derakhshan [personal weblog], according to a report [text] by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). According … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court will seek INTERPOL [official website] arrest warrants for more than 100 Israelis on war crimes charges stemming from the conflict in Gaza [BBC backgrounder], prosecutors said Thursday. Iran announced in December that it would establish a court to try Gaza war crimes suspects [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Iranian Supreme Court held a hearing Sunday in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened. Kazemi's family argued that there hasn't been an adequate investigation into her death and … [read more]

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