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Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Sunday that the Swazi government is continuing to use repressive laws as a way of silencing those opposed to the government and suppressing freedom of expression. AI made these statements on the day of the forty-seventh anniversary of Swaziland's independence, noting … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A Zimbabwe court on Monday began the trial of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer charged with obstruction of justice and unruly behavior towards police forces. Mtetwa was arrested in March [JURIST report] for allegedly interfering with a police search of her clients' office, but she contends that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer who was detained for eight days for obstructing the course of justice. Mtetwa was arrested [JURIST report] on March 17 along with four officials from the party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A court in Zimbabwe [BBC backgrounder] on Wednesday refused to grant bail to a prominent human rights lawyer who is charged with obstruction of justice. The court denied bail to Beatrice Mtetwa after prosecutors argued that she may be a flight risk [AP report] because she is a citizen … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Tuesday added Chad, Eritrea, Malaysia, Niger, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to its list of countries with the worst human trafficking records in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 [materials; introduction, PDF]. The countries join Burma, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Niger, North … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Dec 2008

On the eve of a long-anticipated ruling in the Bagosora "Military I" genocide trial, JURIST Special Guest Columnist Roland Amoussouga, Spokesperson and Senior Legal Adviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), reviews the Tribunal's challenges and achievements as it moves towards completion of its mandate... Two judgements are … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Amoussouga, Spokesperson and Senior Legal Adviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), says that the recent United Nations agreement with Rwanda over the detention in Rwanda of convicted ICTR prisoners is simply an agreement with the country's lawful government on any sentences that may … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande and the registrar of the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive], Adama Dieng [official profile] signed an agreement Tuesday allowing those convicted by the genocide tribunal to serve their sentences in Rwanda. Rwanda joins Benin, France, Italy, Mali, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Somalia and Myanmar rank as the world's most corrupt nations in 2007 according to the latest annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index [corruption index; press release] released Wednesday. The index ranked 180 countries based on observations by businesspeople and analysts, giving each a score between 1 and 10. Myanmar … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] After sending a draft back to lawmakers [JURIST report] for reconsideration earlier this month, King Mswati III [BBC profile] of Swaziland has signed a new constitution [draft text and summary] for the sub-Saharan African nation amid concerns that it is undemocratic and designed to maintain the monarch's political power … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] King Mswati III of Swaziland [government website] has officially refused to sign the final draft of the country's proposed constitution [link to PDF text], which passed through both the House of Assembly and Senate of Swaziland in June [JURIST report]. The king had already sent the constitution back to … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] A member of Swaziland's Parliament says that King Mswati III [BBC profile] has sent the country's proposed Constitution [link to PDF], adopted by the House of Assembly and Senate in June [JURIST report] back to the country's parliament [official website] for further debate. While the document maintains broad powers … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] The House of Assembly and Senate of Swaziland [government website] have approved a new constitution [link to PDF]. King Mswati III [BBC profile] must now approve the document, which fuses centuries-old traditions and Western democratic principles. The constitution is a product of eight years of consultations and includes a … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official profile] Friday vetoed a part of the new penal code {JURIST report] approved by the Turkish Parliament [government website in Turkish] that would have lowered the penalty for anyone caught teaching the Koran outside of approved religious educational institutions. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2004
by Matt Lubniewski

Swaziland Court of Appeals judges may return to work soon, ending a two-year hiatus. The appellate judges resigned en masse in 2002, to protest the Swaziland government's defiance of a court judgement which ordered the government to restore certain evicted communities to their homes. SABC News in South Africa has … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Recommended readings from the latest legal news: Hawkish lawyer to oversee Iraqi ministries | GuardianLaw-and-order challenge for US as it takes Iraqi city | Christian Science MonitorN.C. Senate votes to drop sterilization law | APAppeals Court Orders OSHA to Set New Exposure Limits for Industrial Chemical | APKey Witness … [read more]

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