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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
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
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]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck maintains that she is innocent, and has stated [remarks] to reporters, "I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a three-judge panel decision against Google [corporate website] that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder] video from its YouTube [media website] site. The court dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings [CNN backgrounder] after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Dutch appellate court ruled Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans, who ordered Bosnian Muslims away from a UN peacekeeping compound during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], will not be prosecuted. Karremans, along with two other soldiers, faced charges for forcing three Bosnian Muslim men to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday indicted [press release] 10 former Bosnian-Serb soldiers for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. The men are accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing 20 people abducted from a train in eastern Bosnia in February … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [case materials] was convicted Wednesday on 30 federal charges [verdict slip, PDF] relating to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings [CNN backgrounder]. The attack, supposedly meant to punish America for perceived harm against Muslims, was perpetrated by Tsarnaev [BBC profile] and his brother, Tamerlan, who … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday indicted [press release] three people for war crimes committed against Serb victims. The indicted, Zdenko Andabak, Muamir Jasharevic and Sead Velagic, are accused of committing crimes against humanity against more than 300 Serb civilians between April 1992 and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court [official website] on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws [text] made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee [official profile] on Wednesday called on state authorities [press release] to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his associates to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin were sentenced to two years … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website] on Tuesday, urged [press release] to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting religion and race, would require … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Indian court in Gujarat on Friday acquitted six individuals for their roles in the deaths of three British people during the 2002 Gujarat riots [JURIST news archive]. The riots began following the death of 60 Hindus in a fire aboard a train for which Muslims were blamed. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said [press release] Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Monday delayed [press release] the release of a report investigating alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war [BBC backgrounder]. The government had requested that the release of the report be postponed on the grounds that President Maithripala Sirisena … [read more]

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