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Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Foreign Ministry [official website] of Oman on Thursday reported [statement, in Arabic] that 10 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived temporarily to Oman. The US Department of Defense later confirmed the move [press release]. On Monday human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) [official website] joined in sending an open letter [text, PDF] Monday urging the US government to shut down the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay on its fourteenth anniversary. The letter mentioned the recent steps by … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Miracle Jones

Serbia has yet to completely investigate and adequately prosecute war crimes that occurred in the 1990s conflict, according to a report [text, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website]. The report, which details the OSCE's mission to Serbia [materials] and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control [AP report] over the South Ossetia [BBC profile] breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law [text, PDF] allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the prosecution … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR] [official website] on Friday released a statement saying that at least 5,086 people have been killed [UN report] since the conflict in Ukraine began in April 2014, but expressed concerns that the real figure may be much higher. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Approximately 36 million people in the world live in a form of modern slavery, the Global Slavery Index (GSI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. For the purposes of the study, GSI defines modern slavery as involving "one person possessing or controlling another person in such as a way … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] called on [press release] Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks [official profile], in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [advocacy website] on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court [press release] that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB [official website] to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website] on … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Kenya's parliament passed a law on Wednesday that will provide greater support to victims of human trafficking and will make it easier to secure convictions for perpetrators. The Victim Protection Bill [text] provides improved support to victims of crime, including the provision of a place of safety, food, medical … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan [official website] on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed [BBC report] for at least three months. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Jun 2014
by Angelique Devaux of Indiana University
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux discusses the harmonization of law in the European Union and the Franco-German Agreement of Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime... In a time when Europe is experiencing economic crisis for several years and developed an identity crisis marked by the boost of Eurosceptics at the recent … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on Thursday issued a joint statement [text] on the situation in Ukraine after a Ukrainian military base was attacked in an act of increasing violence between government troops and pro-Russia militias. The statement promises amnesty "to protesters and to those who have … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Mar 2014
by Pavlo Malyuta of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
edited by Emily Osgood

JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of controversial laws and by … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] passed a resolution [press release, PDF] on Thursday condemning Russia's actions in Crimea and calling for the immediate withdraw of all Russian military forces from Ukrainian territory. The resolution [texts adopted] states that Russia is in breach of international law and existing conventional obligations, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] Google [corporate website] to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that incited massive anti-American protest in the Muslim world in 2012. The court found in favor of appellant Cindy Lee … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] on Friday urged [press release] the island nation of Seychelles to establish a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking, and to hasten to pass the draft anti-trafficking bill currently circulating in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state [Economist backgrounder] enter Thailand … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A team of Dutch and Swedish researchers released a report [text, press release] on Wednesday which concluded that senior military officers in Eritrea are kidnapping Eritrean children and smuggling them into Sudan. The report, entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond," was released and presented during a hearing … [read more]

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