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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Thailand published a draft of its twentieth constitution on Friday amid concerns that it would be insufficient in resolving long-running troubles and that it may contribute to a weak civilian government under the sway of the military. The draft constitution [Reuters report] is intended to replace the one scrapped in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] may use a report [text, PDF] on menthol cigarettes. The tobacco companies argued [JURIST report] that the report was written by experts with … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] began in the Supreme Court of Thailand on Friday, as she appeared in court to face corruption charges involving mismanagement of a rice-subsidy program. The charges against Shinawatra include [AP report] dereliction of duty and failure to stop the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday said that the Thai government should fully investigate [press release] the whereabouts of at least 82 people listed as disappeared, and criminalize forced disappearance through legislation. Included on the list of disappeared is lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

[JURIST] Hundreds gathered in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city Friday to protest [Reuters report], the day after a Thai court sentenced two Myanmar migrant workers to death for the 2014 murders of two British tourists. The verdict resulted from a trial built around DNA evidence that linked the two workers to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [[advocacy website] on Thursday called for [AI report] a thorough investigation into torture allegations levied against the police responsible for the arrests of two men in relation to the Koh Tao murders. The men, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, were found guilty Thursday of the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that a proposed provision [HRW report] in Thailand's constitution would permit the nation's military to commit human rights abuses without fear of punishment in violation of international treaties. A new constitutional provision before Thailand's legislative body, known as the the junta … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Thailand military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners who authorities believe were involved in the Erawan Shrine bombing last August. The two men from the western China's Xinjiang region have been charged [AP report] with 10 counts, including conspiracy to explode bombs and to commit premeditated murder. An … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The West Jakarta District Court of Indonesia sentenced two drug smugglers to death after the National Narcotics Agency found them trafficking methamphetamine into the country. The 1,900 pound shipment was the largest quantity of meth ever confiscated in Indonesia, worth approximately USD $116.8 million. Hong Kong syndicate leader Wong … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Wednesday indicted three men in the beating of two opposition lawmakers last week. The men, Chay Sarith, Mao Hoeun and Suth Vanny, were charged [AP report] with two counts of intention to commit violence and one count of intention to commit property damage. The suspects … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concern [press release] over the "organized attack" on opposition politicians in Cambodia. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani highlighted that 11 political activists are serving [JURIST report] between seven- and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Death row inmates in Indonesia have been denied the right to counsel, beaten and coerced into confessions, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. The country has executed 14 prisoners since President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] took office in October 2014, all for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thailand's military government on Monday appointed a committee to write a new constitution after a previous draft was rejected last month. The committee, which consists of 21 members, will begin work on a new draft on Tuesday that must be finished in 180 days. The draft will then go … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The company that manufactures American Spirit [corporate website] cigarettes is the subject of a new class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF]. The lawsuit, filed by a Florida law firm Wednesday against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and its parent company Reynolds American, Inc. [corporate websites], claims that the company's marketing … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] filed a criminal case against Attorney General Trakul Winitnaiyaphak [official website] and other prosecutors on Tuesday, accusing them of abuse of power and causing damage to others in the handling of her case. In February 2014, Shinawatra was charged [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the Department of Justice [official website], announced [press release]on Thursday, that the Department of Justice will fund a 44 million dollar grant to fight human trafficking me. The funds will support the actual fight against human trafficking, support victims, and expand research for human … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Court of Justice of the European Union [official website] ruled [press release] Wednesday that time spent traveling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time. The ruling [judgement] addressed a legal dispute brought by workers responsible for … [read more]

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