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Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] on Monday convicted [WP report] Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], approximately two months [JURIST report] after the end of his trial. Rezaian was accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments and acting against national security. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The fighting in Yemen [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] between Huthi militias and anti-Huthi armed groups has indiscriminately killed and wounded civilians with unlawful airstrikes in civilian neighborhoods, according to a report [materials] issued Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. All parties to the conflict have also engaged … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Washington Post [official website] correspondent Jason Rezaian's trial began [IRNA report] on Tuesday in Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Court with a hearing that was closed to the public. Rezaian, a US-Iranian dual citizen has been detained in Iran for 10 months on charges of espionage and giving information to hostile … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack [Gulf News profile] for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al-Barrack began [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Forces led by Saudi Arabia ordered [AP report] civilians in northern Yemen to evacuate the area by Friday afternoon, declaring that the entire region would be deemed a military target, but also announced plans for a ceasefire next week. The coalition dropped leaflets [CNN report] in the area warning … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak [Gulf News profile], accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 [AP report] in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported [press release] Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release of some political prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US and France agreed on Saturday to strengthen nuclear talks with Iran in negotiations to persuade Iran to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] explained [Reuters report] that there are still gaps in the agreement they would … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation's ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced [AP report] Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Kuwait on Wednesday ordered the 10-day detainment of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah [personal Twitter account] for tweets criticizing the Gulf country's leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah [official website] and his support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Mullah was detained [AP report] Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] expressed concern [press release] on Wednesday over alleged human rights violations occurring in Yemen in recent months. The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen [UN country page] documented violations committed by all sides including the killing and … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [text] for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] called [press release] on the government of Morocco [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] Thursday to enforce the human rights provisions in its 2011 constitution [text, PDF]. While commending the country for its growth since her office's last visit 13 … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Monday that traffickers in Yemen [HRW backgrounder] are holding African migrants in detention camps and using torture as a method of extorting money from their families with the cooperation of local officials. The report, entitled "'Yemen's Torture Camps': Abuse … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday condemned [news release] attacks in Al Dhale Governorate by Yemeni armed forces, which are disproportionately affecting civilians. Pillay reported that since December, these attacks have killed more than 40 individuals, four of whom were children. Also of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2014
by Ibrahim Saleh of University of Cape Town
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Ibrahim Saleh of the University of Cape Town says that a wide array of problems are currently plaguing Egypt and are severely hampering the nation's development...The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people's perception of their political community and contribute to a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Romania's Constitutional Court [official website] on Wednesday rejected legislation that would make it more difficult to prosecute elected government officials and make libel a criminal offense after criticism from abroad. The draft law would have provided lawmakers and government officials immunity from prosecution [AP report] in corruption cases while … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a statement [press release] calling on Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (NDC) [official website] to endorse proposed legislation that would strike down a 2012 law providing blanket immunity [JURIST report] to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

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