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Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy [official website] against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. The report was originally published in Reuters [media website] in … [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
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [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
25 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law [text, in Burmese]. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation [Myanmar Times report] with student and teacher groups, and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston [official website] on Tuesday warned [press release] that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much … [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
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is … [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
3 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights [press release]. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students … [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
11 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Myanmar lawmakers on Wednesday said that the country's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on amendments to its constitution later this year. The referendum may include up to 95 proposed constitutional revisions and is tentatively scheduled [Global Times report] for May 2015, before a general election in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday in a new report [text, PDF]. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] sent a joint letter [text] to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in January to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation [HB 2010, PDF] to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger [official profile], and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union [official website, in Burmese], passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [official profile], on Monday condemned [press release] the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, … [read more]

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