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6 days ago
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Robert Piper [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [statement text] over "the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers." Piper specifically mentioned the case of Mohammed Al-Qiq, a detainee whose health is rapidly declining and reaching potentially irreversible … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday announced a preliminary investigation [press release, in Swedish] into Volkswagen [corporate website] regarding the emissions test cheating scandal that has affected millions. Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit has said it is focused on claims of serious fraud and the keeping of false records. A spokesperson from … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Volkswagen [corporate website] for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] alleging that approximately 600,000 vehicles contained illegal "defeat … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that thousands of people, including children, are being arbitrarily detained in Libya [report]. The report highlights torture and other forms of ill-treatment in four prisons in Tripoli and Misrata, which were personally visited by HRW representatives. The report is based … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] gave a statement [text] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits [press release] the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greek lawmakers approved a bill early Saturday morning containing new austerity measures and economic overhauls under its new bailout program. All but one of the 155 members of the leftist Syriza [party website], which now runs the government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], and the Independent Anel … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office [official website, in German] opened a criminal investigation [press release, in German] Monday of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn [Forbes profile], following accusations that the company cheated on government emissions tests by manipulating exhaust valves. The investigation will focus on determining who was responsible … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Greek Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a three-year bailout package for about 85 billion Euros ($93 billion) just days before the country is due to repay debt to the European Central Bank. Without a bailout package, Greece could default on the payment. The bill, which was passed … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Greece agreed to the main terms of a draft bill [text, in Greek] for a bailout on Tuesday that would provide about $95 billion to the country. There are many provisions in the bill some describe [AP report] as "harsh" such as the selling of state owned property, cuts … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Greece's parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a second set of economic reforms with an overwhelming 230-63 majority vote. Greece's creditors asked [JURIST report] that the second set of economic overhauls be passed before they began negotiations for the aid program, which will help the country's economy and save it … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The German parliament on Friday voted to move forward with negotiations for a Greek bailout. Urged by Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] to support the bailout, 439 legislators voted in favor [NYT report] of the negotiations with 119 voting against and 40 abstaining. While some doubted [The Local report] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The European Council [official website] on Monday announced [text, PDF] a preliminary deal to manage Greek debt without the country defaulting or leaving the European Union. The agreement requires Greece to increase tax revenue, cut costs and implement a number of fiscal regulatory policies [Fiscal Compact, PDF]. It also includes … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Greece's parliament on Saturday voted to accept the economic reforms rejected by the government last week. According to Greek media reports [Naftemporiki live coverage, in Greek], the Saturday morning vote was led by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], who vocally supported voting against accepting the proposed bailout … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] After approximately two thirds of the votes have been counted in Sunday's Greek vote on the proposed bailout deal, results appear to show that the country has voted against the deal [Reuters report]. Results posted by the Greek Ministry of Interior [official website] show that about 61 percent [WSJ … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Protesters in Greece gathered in the tens of thousands on Friday, holding rival rallies that drew attention to the split within the country as Sunday's referendum approaches. The referendum, which regards whether or not to accept the bailout terms [Reuters report] of international creditors, may decide Greece's future as … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]

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