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Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy or in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address [YouTube video] that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling [AP report], former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Chilean court on Friday said that it has completed the 10-year investigation into the origin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] fortune and his suspected embezzlement of public funds. In an unanimous decision, an an appeals court in Santiago closed the investigation, allowing … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile]. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved [BBC report] in the suppression of political … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Chilean judge Mario Carroza on Monday rejected a request by human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras to prosecute former general Fernando Matthei for murder. Matthei oversaw the military facility where General Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death in 1973 after Bachelet refused to support the military coup lead by Augusto … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Monday urged [press release] Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism legislation that directly impacts the Mapuche indigenous peoples. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson made his first official visit to Chile, finding that "the anti-terrorism legislation has been disproportionately and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] More than 1,000 victims of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile] filed for civil party status on Thursday, asking the Extraordinary African Chambers of Senegal [IJRC summary] to offcially recognize them as parties with an interest in the matter. Led by Jacqueline Moudeina [Right Livelihood profile], a human … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Chad's ex-President Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was charged by Senegalese prosecutors on Monday with war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity. Habre will appear before the Extraordinary African Chambers [statute, in French], a special court set up in Senegal to investigate the allegations against him, and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says that Archbishop Desmond Tutu's statements regarding the prosecution of George W. Bush and Tony Blair serve as an ardent call for advancement towards a truly universal system of justice...While Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent call … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Chilean judge sentenced General Manuel Contreras, former chief of police under the reign of Augusto Pinochet [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], to 15 years in prison on Thursday for murdering an opposition activist. Left-wing activist Ramon Martinez was allegedly tortured and shot [BBC report] while in police custody … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Chile on Tuesday arrested and charged two retired air force colonels for their roles in the 1974 death of an air force brigadier general who was also the father of Chile's first female president. Colonels Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos were charged with orchestrating the torture that apparently killed … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Chile enacted an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the March beating death of a young gay man in a Santiago park. The hate crime bill [materials, in Spanish], which had been tied up in Congress for seven years after being originally introduced by ex-president Ricardo Lagos, was signed into law … [read more]


Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, argues that to secure justice for Hissène Habré's victims, the International Court of Justice must force Senegal to adhere to its international obligations and extradite the former Chadian dictator...The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set arguments to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] in a 6-1 decision acquitted [judgment, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday of abuse of power charges [JURIST report]. Garzon was charged with abusing power by ordering the exhumation [JURIST report] of 19 mass graves … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed its concern over the trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile], which involve his investigations of acts that occurred during the Spanish Civil War. Spokesperson for the OHCHR, Rupert Colville, indicated that … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday convicted [press release, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, after a trial lasting less than one month [JURIST report]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] took the stand in his second trial [JURIST report] before the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday and defended his investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during the Spanish Civil War. Garzon … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The second trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] began on Tuesday before the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. Garzon has been charged with abusing power [JURIST report] by opening an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, began on Tuesday before a seven-judge panel of the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand trial on the charges after … [read more]

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