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3 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Experts from the UN and the Inter-American human rights systems urged Canada Monday to address the "root causes" [press release] of the extreme violence and discrimination against indigenous women and girls in the country at a meeting with Canadian Ministers for Justice, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and for the Status … [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
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday called for [press release] the protection of political oppositions associated with the assassinated Venezuelan opposition leader, Luis Diaz. Diaz was shot while on stage with jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori. Zeid stated that it … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Bahrain has tortured detainees in the years following the country's 2011 protests [BBC timeline], despite a government promise to stop such abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Sunday. The report is based on testimony offered by 14 people allegedly assaulted by the police while in custody. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Former Caracas prosecutor Franklin Nieves released a video [La Patilla report, in Spanish] Friday confessing to being pressured into presenting false evidence to condemn opposition leader Leopoldo López. The prosecutor claims [CNBC report] that he fled Venezuela with his family due to the pressure to continue to defend false evidence … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] said Friday that a Native Hawaiian election scheduled for November 1 may take place. The election, known as the Na'i Aupuni [advocacy website] election, will allow Native Hawaiians that are registered to vote to elect … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Friday condemned Iran's execution [press release] of a juvenile offender convicted of murdering her husband whom she was forced to marry at the age of 16. Fatemeh Salbehi was executed on Tuesday despite several reports of flaws in her trial and appeals process. The … [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]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Tuesday that EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies is not sufficiently protected. The case was brought by Austrian Max Schrems [BBC backgrounder] who argued that US law does not provide sufficient protection … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution [A_HRC_30_L.29 text, DOC] encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to investigate violence toward human rights activists and minority groups, and create a scheme for reporting violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Based on the recommendations, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The advocate general of the European Court of Justice [official website] proclaimed [opinion; press release, PDF] on Wednesday that the copious amount of EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies violates EU's data protection and rights to privacy laws. The Luxembourg court's advocate general Yves … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe [official website] on Tuesday rejected a UN recommendation for international involvement in its domestic investigation into alleged war crimes. The UN released a report [JURIST report] earlier this month finding that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN report [text] released Wednesday found that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. The report, which was delayed [JURIST report], stressed that it was a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation, making it harder for the analysis to be a … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] EU officials on Saturday praised Belarus' president for his release of political prisoners. High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn stated [text], "this is a long-sought step forward" and that "[t]oday's releases represent important progress in the efforts towards the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] South Korean Yonhap News Agency [media website] on Wednesday reported [Yonhap report] that Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] executed North Korea's Vice Premier by firing squad earlier this year. The South Korea news agency cited an unnamed source which claims that 63-year-old Choe Yong gon was executed for expressing his … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday that they believe they have found parts of a Buk missile system in Eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last July [BBC backgrounder]. Despite the fact that the plane crash killed all 298 people on-board, no physical evidence has been … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would have created a new tribunal to prosecute those involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine last July. The new tribunal was introduced [UN News Centre report] to create a larger technical … [read more]

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