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Legal News
3 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish announced Sunday that the country has indicted 41 people for attempting to organize a terrorist organization. According to the announcement [WAM report], the suspects created the 'Al Manara Youth Group' and collected guns, ammunition, and funding in an effort to … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Nepal created two commissions Tuesday to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances that occurred during the nation's 10-year civil war, said Nepali Law Minister Narahari Acharya [official profile]. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will investigate [Reuters report] abuses committed during the conflict, and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances … [read more]

20 Dec 2014
by Christopher Dellana

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to the Title VII provision against sex discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination against pregnant women, women seeking to become pregnant and recent mothers stems from concerns about workplace productivity. In 1932, in the throes of the Great Depression, … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert said Tuesday that Cambodia's government is manipulating the judiciary to silence opposition [press release]. The Special Rapporteur in Cambodia [official website], Surya Subedi, emphasized recent arrests [Human Rights Watch report] followed by mass convictions for a July 15 ant-igovernment demonstration [TIME report] highlight … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Schlueter of Trinity Legal Center discusses the recent dismissal of certiorari in Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice...Before surgery, would a patient want to know what to expect and what the risks of the procedure are? Of course. Would a patient want a medication that … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [official website] on Tuesday called on [press release] the Nepal government to cooperate with an investigation into allegations leveled against Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama. Lama was arrested [JURIST report] in the UK last week and is charged with two counts of torture … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the CIA should respond to the National Archives inquiry into the CIA's destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in order to prevent any further destruction of important records...The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Brazil's National Truth Commission [official website, in Portuguese] announced Monday that it will limit its inquiry to human rights abuses committed by the government [press release, in Portuguese] under Brazil's military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There were some within the nation that hoped that the commission would also … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colombia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the final volume in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba will remain secret. US District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Melissa Reed, Vice President for Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc., says that the recently blocked provisions of a North Carolina abortion law violated First Amendment rights and were a demeaning invasion into the relationship between women and their doctors...Two weeks ago, the US District … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] on Friday signed [press release, PDF] into law House Bill 63 [text and materials], creating further restrictions on minors if they seek an abortion [JURIST news archive] without parental consent. The new law puts several conditions in place, advancing the former law of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Gulnara Shahinian [official profile] on Monday said that the Lebanese government must create more legal protections [press release] for some 200,000 domestic workers in the country. Without more regulations, Shahinian said, some could be forced into domestic servitude and be subject … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The trial of former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] began on Monday, on charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. Court convened in the Landsdomur, a special court to try … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks. The legislation [SB 72 text, PDF] requires doctors to determine the viability of the fetus and seek a second opinion as to whether the child is capable of … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the Raipur Sessions Court [GlobaLex backgrounder] of Chhattisgarh state India found human rights activist Binayak Sen [Hindustan Times profile] guilty of aiding rebels and sentenced him to life imprisonment Friday, amid criticism from international rights groups. Sen was convicted under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Colombian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] announced [press release, in Spanish] Tuesday the suspension of a base agreement [text, PDF] between the US and Colombia, stating the agreement must receive congressional approval before it can legally take effect. The agreement, negotiated between the two countries during the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [official website] has announced [press release] that insurance plans being offered as part of a new federally-funded program providing insurance to persons denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions will only cover abortions [JURIST news archive] in cases of rape or … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama signed an executive order [text] Wednesday continuing a prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortion [JURIST news archive] except in cases of rape or incest or where a woman's life would be endangered. Some anti-abortion congressional Democrats insisted on the order [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Afghan president Hamid Karzai [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appointed a delegation [press release] to begin an investigation of ten civilian deaths, including eight schoolchildren, that are thought to have occurred during a raid by international forces in Kunar province. The raid in the Narang district occurred … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced Saturday that his government would indict seven suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive]. He also requested further evidence [AP report] from India that the head of the erstwhile-Islamic charity and fundamentalist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba [CFR backgrounder], Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, … [read more]

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