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Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A court in Tajikistan [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday sentenced Sukhrat Kudratov, an award-winning human rights lawyer, to nine years in prison for bribery and fraud. Kudratov, who was named human rights defender of the year in 2011 by the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law [official website], … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing to accept … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] called Tuesday for a debate on abuses and mistreatment in health care settings [press release] that potentially equate to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. The call for debate was based upon a report [text, PDF] released … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official website] on Wednesday called on the Egyptian government and courts to stop permitting evidence acquired through torture [press release] to be admitted in any legal proceedings including military trials. The announcement comes after three men were sentenced to death on terrorism … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Torture, beatings and ill-treatment of detainees are common practice in Tajikistan [BBC backgrounder], Amnesty International [advocacy website] said in its report [text, PDF] released on Thursday. The human rights group claimed that the country lacks measures adequately protecting detainees from abuses and ill-treatment and noted that there are more … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that determining the impact of the recently announced Strategic Partnership Agreement between the US and Afghanistan requires a look into the many interests vested in the region...As immortalized in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, the nineteenth century "Great … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez [official profile; press release] concluded his nine-day visit to the Republic of Tajikistan [BBC profile] on Friday, stating that he was pleased with the country's recent modifications designed to aid in eradicating torture, but that mistreatment of suspects remains the norm. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Johann Bihr, Director of the Press Desk for Europe and Central Asia at Reporters Without Borders, says a new Belarusian law not only limits the online freedoms of individuals, but also creates harsh penalties for Internet providers, all in a government effort to exert more control over … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Feb 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Naureen Shah, from the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School says that some Guantanamo detainees cannot go home and the US should design smarter monitoring protocols, let courts and the public test decide whether diplomatic assurances can prevent abuse, and resettle detainees who face too great … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights [press release]. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human rights law and the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Tajikistan native held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] has challenged [appellate brief, PDF] a federal judge's decision to suspend his habeas corpus proceedings after he was cleared for transfer to Tajikistan. Umar Hamzayevich Abdulayev alleges that Judge Reggie Walton of the US District Court for the District … [read more]

Professional Commentary
20 Jul 2009

Mehmet Tohti [Former Vice President, World Uyghur Congress]: "Horrible video footage posted on the internet regarding the July 5th Urumqi massacre has brought some international attention and at the same time revealed the bitter reality that can be summarized as miserable Uyghurs, cruel Chinese and a generally uninterested world when … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) [official website] has released [press release; materials] its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) and adding six new countries to its "watch list." The other CPC are Burma, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to Algeria. The Department says that approximately 60 detainees at the base are eligible for release, and that it is negotiating with host countries to allow … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] the transfer of one Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Somaliland. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US desire not to hold detainees any longer than … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced [press release] the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. One detainee was transferred to Tajikistan and one to Kazakhstan. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Two Tajikistani men have admitted to killing Russian journalist Ilyas Shurpayev [personal blog], Tajikistani Interior Ministry officials said Monday. Shurpayev, a correspondent for Russia's state-run Channel One [media website, in Russian], was found dead [JURIST report] in his Moscow apartment earlier this month with stab wounds and a belt … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Tajikistan Friday sentenced two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to 17 years in prison each for serving as mercenaries in Afghanistan. Mukit Vokhidov and Rukhiddin Sharopov crossed to Afghanistan in 2001 as members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan [CNS backgrounder]; they were captured … [read more]

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