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Legal News
14 hours ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by João Gonçalves of University of Lisbon

JURIST Guest Columnist João Gonçalves of the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law discusses the advantages of VAT for an economic system... Europe may seem the worst class of students for the US to find for fiscal lessons, but as the necessity for a new revenue strengthens and a call … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a resolution [press release] declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution on Wednesday calling [press release] the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage [BBC report] by using the same term … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted [Daily Sabah report] the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence [Reuters report], notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor who died last … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Turkish Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters [official backgrounder] ruled Saturday that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas [official website] is a terrorist organization. The decision was based on lawsuits [Daily News Egypt report] alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, which have resulted in casualties … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday set February 24 as the date that it will consider a lawsuit that claims Turkey is a "state that supports terrorism" and must be designated as such. The lawsuit claims that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] supported the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC profile; … [read more]


Features
4 Feb 2015

Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew General Fulgencio Batista's government, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower quickly recognized Cuba's new national government. Relations between the two nations soon soured, however, as a result of the Castro government's new policies, particularly the nationalization of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency [official website], Turkey's official press agency, reported that the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report] Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [press release] a vote by the Turkish Parliament [official website] downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal [BBC report] that began in December … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Spain's High Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday ordered an initial investigation of the time Amedy Coulibaly spent in Spain prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Coulibaly is one of the gunmen associated with the shooting of a policewoman and attack on a kosher supermarket … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website], which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response [AP report] to a petition filed by a … [read more]

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