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3 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Thursday released a statement [press release] finding that Julian Assange [BBC profile], founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks [website], has been arbitrarily detained in the UK since 2010. Assange was initially arrested in December of 2010 stemming from rape … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Tuesday released and deported Swedish citizen charged with training and funding unlicensed lawyers, after the Swedish embassy expressed concerns [press release] over the charges last week. Peter Dahlin had appeared [JURIST report] on Chinese national television [YouTube] last week to confess to his wrongdoing. Dahlin said … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Peter Dahlin, a Swedish rights advocate who had been detained in China [JURIST report] on charges of endangering state security, confessed his crimes [YouTube video] on Chinese state television on Tuesday. In the interview, which aired on State Broadcaster CCTV, Dahlin said "I have caused harm to the Chinese government. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Chinese Urgent Action Working Group [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin was detained earlier this month on suspicion of endangering state security. It is believed by rights groups that the detention is part of a crackdown [BBC report] on rights lawyers and members of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday announced a preliminary investigation [press release, in Swedish] into Volkswagen [corporate website] regarding the emissions test cheating scandal that has affected millions. Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit has said it is focused on claims of serious fraud and the keeping of false records. A spokesperson from … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Stockholm's district court on Friday, ruled against [press release, in Swedish] forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer, a file sharing and streaming website, respectively. The plaintiffs, Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, filed suit against Bredbandsbolaget, the second … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] addressed [statement; press release] the UN General Assembly on Friday and cautioned the international community to avoid discrimination against Muslims, especially refugees and migrants entering Europe, as a result of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris a week earlier. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing problems with how the EU is approaching the refugee crisis and recommending changes to ensure international law is followed and human rights are appropriately valued. AI is calling [press release] "for managed, safe, legal routes into Europe and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The EU on Tuesday released a report [press release] criticizing Turkey for human rights and governmental issues which they save have not been addressed through new reforms. The report discusses how issues such as the refugee crisis and oppression of journalists could be cured by adopting reforms that mirror … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] With a tremendous influx of refugees in the Greek islands of Chios, Kalymnos, Kos, Lesvos, Leros and Samos, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) aid capabilities have been stretched thin. Working through a four-day shipping strike, the UN refugee agency on Saturday reasserted its call … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Austria's cabinet on Tuesday introduced a new bill to deter Afghan migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Under current Austrian laws, Afghan migrants may bring their family into Austria after waiting one year. The new bill will extend that one-year period [Reuters report] to three years in attempt … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on [HRW report] the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states [official websites] to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official bio] on Thursday urged [press release] the Czech Republic to stop detaining migrants and refugees in "degrading" conditions. According to Zeid, the numerous migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015 have been subjected … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the UK's practice of administering a residence test to migrants for benefit payments is legal. The court, as it normally does, followed the opinion written by the advocate general at the European Court of Justice [official website]. The action was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday, gave the opening statement [transcript] at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in which he addressed, among other pressing human rights issues, the migrant crisis. In his statement, he commended the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Belgian court on Thursday found the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive] not guilty of copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse. According to the Mechelse court [official website, in Dutch], the prosecution failed to prove [Standaard report, in Dutch] that co-founders Gottfrid … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Swedish Supreme Court [official website, in Swedish] on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued [JURIST report] by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday issued [press release] a Statement of Objection to Gazprom [corporate website] accusing the Russian gas giant of abusing its position [EU factsheet] as the dominant source of gas in Central and Eastern European in breach of EU anti-trust rules. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN refugee agency [official website] released a report [press release] on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have … [read more]

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