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Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Rights groups on Monday criticized Myanmar's newly signed birth-spacing law, which requires some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The law, signed [JURIST report] by Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] on Saturday, was represented by the government as a healthcare bill intended to … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] on Saturday signed into law a bill requiring some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The Population Control Health Care bill, passed by parliament last month, allows authorities [AP report] the power to implement "birth-spacing" in areas with … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck maintains that she is innocent, and has stated [remarks] to reporters, "I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee [official profile] on Wednesday called on state authorities [press release] to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his associates to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin were sentenced to two years … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website] on Tuesday, urged [press release] to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting religion and race, would require … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said [press release] Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Myanmar lawmakers on Wednesday said that the country's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on amendments to its constitution later this year. The referendum may include up to 95 proposed constitutional revisions and is tentatively scheduled [Global Times report] for May 2015, before a general election in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday in a new report [text, PDF]. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] sent a joint letter [text] to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in January to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union [official website, in Burmese], passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. Dr Tun … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] An investigation [report, PDF] conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School [official website] determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, the Myanmar … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] on Thursday issued [press release] a new global strategy to help countries stop detaining asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide. The UN agency is concerned for the lasting physical and psychological impacts on families, specifically children, who are placed in detention … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Myanmar [press release] Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, and revealing state secrets. … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday expressed concern [press release] about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country's Rakhine State [JURIST news archive]. Following recent attacks [Reuters report] on international aid … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan has … [read more]

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