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Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Twelve UN agencies published a joint statement [text, PDF] on Tuesday urging states to end violence and discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. Abuses toward the LGBTI population are human rights abuses impacting society as a whole, the UN agencies said. The agencies are encouraging … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] said Monday that the global drug problem has become a significant human rights issue [press release] around the world. In a panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council, Flavia Pasieri said, "It is clear that the world's drug … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An unnamed Australian man has allegedly bribed New South Wales judges with approximately $2.2 million in order to obtain less severe jail sentences, according to confidential police documents cited by Fairfax Media and Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners [corporate websites] Monday. According to the reports [Four Corners report, New … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The UN torture prevention body on Wednesday urged the Philippines to tackle urgent prison overcrowding [press release] issues and improve independent monitoring of detention facilities. During a visit by the six-member delegation, the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Filipino … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez [official profile], called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners [backgrounder] in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website]. The revised Rules include … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] Yury Fedotov called on [UN NewsCentre report] member states to implement the Doha Declaration [text, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN officials congregating at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] in Doha, Qatar ,on Saturday called on [UN News Centre report] member states to implement new standards [text, PDF] for eliminating violence against children. The standards were approved by the UN General … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] announced [press release] that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Jamaican House of Parliament [official website] passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense [AP report] punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A federal court on Wednesday approved [ACLU press release] a settlement agreement [text, PDF] between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) [official website] and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 [text] of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [text], the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [press release] renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated [Reuters report] that the UNODC is following the legalization … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Tuesday hosted [press release] an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [official website] found [press release] on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the results of the Global Study on Homicide 2013 (GSH) [official websites] which detailed the global prevalence of intentional homicides, finding 437,000 homicides in 2012. The UNODC collected [UN News Centre report] a wide breadth of statistical data including identities … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN reported on Friday that more than 6,000 child soldiers may be involved [UN News Centre report] in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. According to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] spokesperson Marixie Mercado, recruitment of child soldiers [press release] … [read more]

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