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Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Demonstrators in Nepal gathered Monday to protest the country's new constitution [legislative materials, in Nepali], which was promulgated on Sunday. The constitution was signed and announced [Asia Times report] by Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, who was applauded by members of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal [official website] in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The new Constitution of Nepal [legislative materials, in Nepali] was approved by the Constituent Assembly of Nepal [official website] on Wednesday after years of debate. The original 2010 completion date [JURIST report] was repeatedly delayed due to international and domestic criticism for failures to protect fundamental rights. Despite continued … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) [official website] downgraded [official report] the security rating of Thailand's aviation sector from Category 1 to Category 2 on Thursday. The agency clarified that the designation as a "significant safety concern (SSC) does not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Leaders of the four major political parties in Nepal reached an agreement Monday on key issues for a new constitution, dividing the country into eight federal states. An assembly [AP report] elected in 2008 was tasked with completing the new constitution by 2010, but never completed a draft due … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down [Reuters report] the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. … [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]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Nepalese parliamentary meeting on Tuesday resulted in violence and arrests after the Maoist opposition sought to extend the deadline for the drafting of the new constitution. An original deadline for completion of the constitution had been set for January 22, a date to which the ruling parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on [AI report] Nepalese authorities to bring justice to the individuals responsible for the disappearance of the "Dhanusha Five" [OHCHR backgrounder, PDF] during the armed conflict in Nepal between 1996-2006. The report notes more than 1,300 people are believed to have disappeared during … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 May 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law
edited by Brent Nesbitt

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law argues that the UN must change its recent course and uphold its international duties to provide a forum for legal redress to the victims of the Cholera outbreak in Haiti ... Last month, the venerable New York City … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Nepalese lawmakers [official website] passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes [AFP report] two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war crimes, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy websites] urged [press release] Nepalese legislators [official website] on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) [text, PDF] bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission [text] and a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] claimed [press release] Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report [text] detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy websites] issued a joint statement [press release] Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court [official website]. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances [text, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Supreme Court [official website, in Nepali] of Nepal [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] settled a major political dispute on Thursday when it ruled that the selection of a new president was not an immediate need, and should be postponed until the adoption of a new constitution. Though President … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday welcomed [press release] last week's decision by Nepal's top refusing to grant amnesty [JURIST report] for serious human rights violations committed during Nepal's civil war. Pillay declared the decision to be a "significant development" for the victims … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal rejected legislation on Saturday that proposed amnesty for those responsible for serious rights abuses during the country's civil war. A Maoist-led government proposed [Enca report] the legislation last year as part of a planned Truth and Reconciliation Commission [text, PDF] aimed at healing the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam of the Singapore Management University School of Law says that Indian Supreme Court has dangerously rolled back the clock on LGBT rights, threatening the ongoing process of progressive reform in Asia ... More than four years after the Delhi High Court invalidated S. 377 of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday urged [official statement] Nepalese authorities to conclude the forthcoming Constituent Assembly [official website] elections peacefully with a view toward drafting a new constitution. Political and social discord have plagued Nepal since the nation's 2006 civil war abolished the monarchy. The first … [read more]

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