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Legal News
3 May 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Togo's constitutional court declared Faure Gnassingbe president for a third five-year term after tallying votes on Sunday. Head of the Constitutional Court Aboudou Assouma said on state television that the final results show that Gnassingbe receive a majority of the votes with about 59 percent. Gnassingbe's main challenger, Jean-Pierre … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Gllobal environment crime [press release] is financing criminal activity and threatening global development, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL [official websites]. The 108-page report, entitled "The Environmental Crime Crisis," details the ways in which illegal trading of charcoal, timber … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya [official profile] on Tuesday emphasized the need for transparency and equality [press release] in large-scale construction projects that alter the environment of citizens in developing nations. Human rights defenders working on behalf of native communities have … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Independent UN rights expert Margaret Sekaggya on Thursday called on the government of Togo [press release] to work towards providing an environment that allows human rights defenders to carry out their work. Sekaggya explained that this could be done by enforcing existing laws, avoiding stigma and fostering a spirit … [read more]

19 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Human trafficking occurs across the globe, but the UN International Labor Organization (ILO) reports that it is more prevalent in regions of conflict. Women and children are more likely to become victims, and on August 30, 2005, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that human trafficking was on … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Ellis, a historian at the African Studies Centre, says that the recent influx of refugees from Libya has exacerbated the problem of organized crime in West Africa and has caused emerging complications that are generating increased attention from the international community...The call for greater efforts to … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Many African nations are seeing a decline in democratic rights and the rule of law despite making economic advances, according to a survey [press release] Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation [advocacy website]. The annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance [text, XLS], established in 2007 by Sudanese businessman Mo … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Apr 2010

Elizabeth Zitrin [International Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus]: "The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The number of countries using the death penalty [JURIST news archive] continued to drop during 2009, according to an annual report [text, PDF] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. According to the report, more than 700 people were executed last year in 18 countries, with the most … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Togo [official website, in French] on Wednesday affirmed [Embassy press release, PDF] the election of incumbent President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe [official profile] despite five suits alleging voter fraud filed by the opposition. The court held [AFP report] that the accusations made by the opposition were … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Togo [official website, in French] ruled Tuesday that presidential candidate Kofi Yamgnane [campaign website, in French] is not eliglble to run in the February 28 election. Yamgnane was to face incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe [official profile, in French; BBC profile] of the ruling Rally of … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] released a report [HRW materials; press release] Tuesday calling on the Saudi government to institute new legal protections for the country's estimated 1.5 million domestic workers. The group said that migrant domestic workers have fewer protections than those in other … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Russian hockey team Metallurg Magnitogorsk [team website; Wikipedia backgrounder] on Wednesday sued Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the NHL [TSN report] in a dispute over the star hockey player's move from Russia to the National Hockey League, the second such lawsuit to be filed this week by a … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] Former Central African Republic President Ange Felix Patasse [Wikipedia profile] was convicted in absentia Tuesday on fraud charges and sentenced to 20 years hard labor. Patasse and four other members of his former government have been charged with embezzlement and fraud stemming from transactions with the Libyan government in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] UN human rights officials have accused the government of Togo [JURIST news archive] of using over-zealous force at the time of the heavily disputed April presidential elections [JURIST report], saying that government security and armed forces killed 400-500 people and wounded thousands more. A report [accompanying press release] released … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Togo parliament [official website, in French] has unanimously passed a law that will increase prison time and fines for individuals convicted of child trafficking. The law comes in response to a reprimand by US State Department officials [JURIST report] two months ago telling the Togolese government and 13 … [read more]

Legal News
19 May 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] has refused to sign a controversial bill that would have severely limited the rights of NGOs to act in Zimbabwe [government website], according to newspaper reports. The Non-Governmental Organisations Bill [Human Rights Watch backgrounder] was passed by the Zimbabwean … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Togo's constitutional court Tuesday confirmed ruling party candidate Faure Gnassingbe [campaign website in French] as the official winner of the disputed April 24 presidential election. According to the court, Gnassingbe won by 60.15 percent of the vote. The constitutional court said that the opposition's candidate Bob Akitani [opposition UFC … [read more]

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