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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]

Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home [CNN report] to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur separatists labeled … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency [official website] stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences [Xinhua report] ranged … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced [press release, in Chinese] before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Obama Administration's [official website] panel charged with reviewing the cases of detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] concluded its review [DOD press release] of detainee Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid on Thursday, unanimously finding him eligible for transfer to Yemen. The periodic review board (PRB) was established … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred [press release] to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being held … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur [JURIST news archive] detainees were released [press release] from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order [JURIST report] … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2011

Phelim Kine, Senior Researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, argues that in order for the Chinese government to legitimately address human rights concerns, it must acknowledge the shortcomings of previous efforts and ensure that government officials and security forces follow and enforce human rights protections...On July 12, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz, of Seton Hall Law School says that the failure to close Guantanamo Bay is an unwelcome step in justifying arbitrary detention and torture, and wonders how far indefinite detention and military commissions will sweep.... Two days after his inauguration, President Obama announced that he … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] but denied review of three Guantanamo cases [JURIST news archive]. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] China has failed to achieve the goals it set out in its first national human rights plan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] declared in a report [text] released on Tuesday. In its assessment of the government's National Human Rights Action Plan of China (NHRAP) [text], HRW decried China's … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Public Security [official website, in Chinese] issued an order Monday directing the country's police forces to abandon the practice of publicly shaming suspects and prisoners. The order [Xinhua report, in Chinese] stems from public response to an incident [Xinhua report, in Chinese] earlier this month … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi [CIIC backgrounder] sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of uighurbiz.net [website, in Chinese] and two state-run websites, to 15 … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged the Chinese government to launch an independent investigation [report, PDF] into the July 2009 Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], after receiving new testimony contradicting the current official version of events. AI claims that police officials committed several human rights violations [press … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday refused to order a new evidentiary hearing [opinion, PDF] in the case of five Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. Instead, in a per curiam decision, the court reinstated its … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for an Algerian national detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Monday filed an emergency motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to block the detainee's transfer to his home country. Petitioner Ahmed Belbacha renewed his request for an … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The German government is considering accepting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to interviews [text] published this week by Der Spiegel magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official profile], Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle revealed a possible … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2010
by Michael Kraemer

[JURIST] Two Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] were transferred to Switzerland [press release] on Wednesday. Switzerland granted humanitarian type B residence permits allowing the two to live in the canton of Jura. Both have agreed to respect Swiss laws, learn the local language, and secure gainful employment. … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to rule [order list, PDF] in the case known as Kiyemba II, in which the court was asked to consider issues surrounding the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Lawyers for four Chinese Muslim Uighurs … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for seven Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] filed a motion [text, PDF] Thursday to remand proceedings from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official websites]. The motion comes … [read more]

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