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Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and locate thousands of civilians [statement] that went missing during the nation's civil war. Speaking at the end of his mission to Sri Lanka, Zeid asked that the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday banned a popular bull fighting event at this year's harvest festival in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The decision comes in response to protesters who claim that the sport of Jallikattu, in which men chase bulls to grab prizes … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, a delegation of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] announced [press release] Wednesday that Sri Lanka has an opportunity to properly address the rights violations committed against disappeared citizens. The experts noted that Sri … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that Australia's maritime border control agents have engaged in significant criminal activity, bribery and abusive treatment of women, men and children who are seeking asylum. A new report titled By Hook or By Crook [text] shows that in May 2015 Australian officials … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Sri Lankan panel led by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama presented a report [text, PDF] to parliament on Tuesday, concluding that allegations that Sri Lankan troops committed war crimes are credible. He said that there is enough evidence in the footage captured by the Channel 4 documentary "No Fire … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution [A_HRC_30_L.29 text, DOC] encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to investigate violence toward human rights activists and minority groups, and create a scheme for reporting violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Based on the recommendations, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe [official website] on Tuesday rejected a UN recommendation for international involvement in its domestic investigation into alleged war crimes. The UN released a report [JURIST report] earlier this month finding that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN report [text] released Wednesday found that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. The report, which was delayed [JURIST report], stressed that it was a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation, making it harder for the analysis to be a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Indian government filed a lawsuit late Tuesday against Nestlé India with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) [official websites] for unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements. The government seeks [Times of India report] 6,400 million rupees ($98.6 million) in damages. Earlier this summer, the Indian arm of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

India's Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ordered the country's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) [official website] to open an investigation into the deaths of a number of people connected to a college admission and government job recruitment scandal. The so-called "Vyapam Scam" [India Express backgrounder] alleges corruption by members … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal [BBC profile] on Monday called [Twitter update] for India's prime minister Narendra Modi [official profile] to open an investigation into the deaths of a number of people connected to an employment exam corruption scandal. The so-called "Vyapam Scam" alleges corruption by members of the … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Kanartaka [official website], on Monday cleared former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, of all corruption charges on appeal. In the judgment [NYT report], Justice CR Kumaraswamy wrote that the lower court ruling "suffer[ed] from infirmity, and is not sustainable law." Monday's decision will … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities [press release]. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews with 81 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa [BBC profile] refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities committed by the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Wednesday ruled [judgment] that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) [official website] vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013 [text]. The case was brought by … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Tanzania's parliament [official website] voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general and the minister of energy, following a report released earlier this week implicating public officials in a scandal involving fraudulent payments of public funds. Officials have also called for the resignation of Prime Minister … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Indian court on Saturday sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago. Special Judge John Michael D'Cunha held [Al Jazeera report] Jayaram "guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income" … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2014
by Daniel Mullen

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris [official profile] announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council [official website] voted [JURIST report] to launch an investigation into alleged … [read more]

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