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Legal News
2 days ago
by William Helbling

The Israel Parliament [official website] on Monday approved [press release] the first reading of a non-governmental organizations (NGO) transparency bill that would require any NGO that receives foreign political funding must publish the contributions. The bill, which passed in a close vote of 50 - 43, would also require NGOs … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2016
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday that satellite images show five possible mass graves in Buringa, Burundi, which may be connected to last month's infamous massacre. On December 11, security forces killed [Newsweek report] at least 87 armed protesters who stormed military barracks in the capital … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] United Nations humanitarian agencies on Monday called for continued aid to Syrians due to the "deteriorating conditions" in the area of Deir-Ez-Zor. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq announced [statements] in the daily briefing that the individuals residing in the area need immediate assistance of food and health supplies. The … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed his concerns on Friday regarding rising conflicts Burundi that have given rise to gang rapes, torture, ethnic repression, mass graves, and secret detentions and disappearances. Zeid reports that 432 people have been killed [AP report] in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thirteen non-government organizations on Saturday issued a joint statement to the Egyptian parliament, giving recommendations to make certain the enforcement of constitutional and human rights. The call comes during a time of continuing national and regional security concerns in the nation. A major recommendation in the statement [Daily News … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged both parties to the Burundian conflict yesterday upon the resumption of talks [UN report] between Burundian stakeholders that continued dialogue between the parties is needed to prevent a relapse into the decades of civil war. Recent violence stemming from … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A top UN official on Tuesday called on Burundi to form a "nationally-led and owned effort" to find a solution to the violence the country has faced. Jamal Benomar [official profile], the Secretary-General's Special Advisor, also stated [UN News Centre] that the international community must stand ready to support that … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

China is expected to pass new anti-terrorism laws on Sunday which would require technology companies to provide information to the government from technology products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The proposed laws have been criticized by western organizations and the US Department of State [official website]. Critics of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] approved a resolution on Thursday to dispatch experts to investigate human rights violations [press release] in Burundi, condemning violence in the country, use of excessive force by officials, and restrictions on freedoms. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report [report, PDF] Saturday describing human rights abuses in Kunduz, Afghanistan, during a temporary occupation by the Taliban. The report released preliminary figures of 289 civilian deaths and 559 civilian … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burundi, calling it "an attempt by Burundian authorities to silence dissenting voices and to limit the democratic space." The commissioner noted that these 10 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

Belgium's Court of First Instance on Monday ordered Facebook to cease all tracking of users within the country who have not signed up for the social networking platform. The court has given Facebook 48 hours [BBC report] to stop tracking unregistered users. The Belgian Privacy Commission [official website], which brought … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Several independent UN human rights experts said [press release] Wednesday that a recent Brazilian draft law may infringe upon civil rights in its efforts to counteract terrorism. The bill [materials, in Portuguese] was approved by the Brazilian Senate last month. The legislation broadly defines [Rio Times report] a terrorist … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Nanping Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Fujian found in favor [Xinhua report] of two environmental groups on Thursday under a new environmental law. The court ordered defendants to restore destroyed vegetation and pay compensation for the damage that resulted from of an illegal mining expansion. This was the first … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Monday over the rising use of counter-terrorism measures around the world. Many nations have used counter-terrorism as an excuse to restrict public assembly and stop the activities of public interest groups, Emmerson said. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Australia's Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 [text], data retention laws requiring companies to keep records and information, went into effect on Tuesday. The law requires telecommunications providers to maintain records of acount holders, sources of communications, destinations of communications, date and time of communications, and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Thursday night signed [press release] into law the California Electronic Communications Act (CECA) [text], a law that many are touting as a substantial step forward for digital privacy and protecting users' rights. The law, which was approved alongside more than ten other … [read more]

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