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Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [text] against United Parcel Services, Inc. (UPS) [official website] for their discriminatory employment policies. The complaint alleges that UPS's employment policies have violated Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Sunday stated that Egypt may pursue legal action against journalists who report information on terrorist attacks that contradicts official government statements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] is expected to approve a draft law [AFP report] already passed by the cabinet which would punish such … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Sabq news [official website], a Saudi government linked news website, reported [Sabq report] on Thursday that King Salman ordered for an investigation and trial of a famous TV host and Muslim Brotherhood scholar. The order was reportedly motivated by an episode of Abdullah al-Modifer's show that was critical of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday after consulting the grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious figure and a government advisor on Islamic law. The death sentence was originally imposed [JURIST report] in May, with more than 100 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced Wednesday that in light of allegations of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic (CAR) by foreign troops not under UN control, an External Independent Review will be set up to examine the UN's handling of such allegations. According to a statement … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Muslim rights organization called Wednesday for a thorough investigation into the fatal shooting of a Muslim man in Boston. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website] made the request a day after 26-year-old Usaama Rahim was killed by police after having been under surveillance by the Joint … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog materials] in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch [corporate website]. The question before the court was whether an employer … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed Egyptian-American prisoner Mohammed Soltan, who had been sentenced to life in prison and had been on a hunger strike for over a year. As a precondition to Soltan's release, he had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship [AP report]. Soltan was convicted on charges of … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Saturday called on [press release] several states to investigate allegations that members of their peacekeeping forces sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) have committed serious human rights violations. It is reported that soldiers have … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Rights groups on Monday criticized Myanmar's newly signed birth-spacing law, which requires some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The law, signed [JURIST report] by Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] on Saturday, was represented by the government as a healthcare bill intended to … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] on Saturday signed into law a bill requiring some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The Population Control Health Care bill, passed by parliament last month, allows authorities [AP report] the power to implement "birth-spacing" in areas with … [read more]

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