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3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [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
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] during his … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Bangladesh [press release] Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders who were convicted of war crimes for their involvement in the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, second in command of the Jamaat-e-Islami group, and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday rejected [judgment, PDF] a challenge to an immigration rule requiring foreign spouses of UK citizens to speak English before relocating to the UK. The provision [Home Office backgrounder], announced in June 2010, requires an immigrant to be able to speak English … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Bangladesh has asked [VOA report] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to retract its criticism of the country's execution plans for opposition politicians convicted of war crimes at a local tribunal. In 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] convicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Bangladesh to make a significant effort to prevent extremists from targeting writers, publishers and other potential victims. Zeid stressed that civilians should not feel threatened to exercise their right of free expression. … [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
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
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights dismissed the claims [judgments] of three students claiming their nearly two weeks of detention without charges violated their human rights. The three students were in the UK on student visas when they were detained and have since returned to their homes in Pakistan. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Death row inmates in Indonesia have been denied the right to counsel, beaten and coerced into confessions, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. The country has executed 14 prisoners since President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] took office in October 2014, all for … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a former police guard respected within Pakistan for killing politician [BBC backgrounder] Salmaan Taseer over his support for a woman convicted of blasphemy. Taseer was governor of Punjar at the time of his death, and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts on Friday called on [press release] Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty after reports of minors being sentenced to death. There are more than 8,000 people on death row in Pakistan, and the UN experts believe that many … [read more]

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