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Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Venezuelan Supreme Court on Monday ruled that decisions from the opposition dominated General Assembly [official websites, in Spanish] are void until three barred lawmakers are relieved from their seats. The three lawmakers are part of an anti-government party that threatens the structure of the government. The court believes … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Venezuela's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] swore in [press release, in Spanish] three opposition deputies on Tuesday despite a Supreme Court ruling that barred [JURIST report] the induction of the elected lawmakers. The ruling suspended four elected lawmakers for alleged election fraud in the December 6 elections. The elections … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Venezuelan Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday blocked four recently elected lawmakers from taking their seats in the General Assembly [official website, in Spanish]. Three are anti-government and one is member of the socialist party [AP report]. The presence of these lawmakers on the assembly would place … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Members of Venezuela's Socialist Party [official website, in Spanish] who lost legislative seats in elections earlier this month filed challenges [BBC report] on Tuesday disputing the election of eight opposition candidates. The opposition, Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), won 99 legislative seats [CNN report] on December 6, giving the party … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday called for [press release] the protection of political oppositions associated with the assassinated Venezuelan opposition leader, Luis Diaz. Diaz was shot while on stage with jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori. Zeid stated that it … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Former Caracas prosecutor Franklin Nieves released a video [La Patilla report, in Spanish] Friday confessing to being pressured into presenting false evidence to condemn opposition leader Leopoldo López. The prosecutor claims [CNBC report] that he fled Venezuela with his family due to the pressure to continue to defend false evidence … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday called for a halt [press release] to the "escalating campaign" against human rights activists taking place in Venezuela. According to human rights groups, the government has employed tactics [JURIST report] intended to discredit and undermine the legitimacy of 28 international and Latin American … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on [press release] the Philippines government to investigate the deaths of three human rights defenders in the province of Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. One activist, the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV) [advocacy website], was found … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez [official website - in Spanish] on Friday was sentenced by a Venezuelan court to over 13 years in prison for inciting violence in nationwide protests [BBC report] in 2014. Lopez, a former Caracas borough mayor and Harvard University graduate, has long opposed leftist President … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Saturday adopted [press release] a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted [UN News Centre report] after a vote of nine in … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A coalition of human rights groups on Tuesday urged [press release] Venezuelan authorities to stop intimidating and harassing human rights organizations. According to the groups, the government has employed tactics intended to discredit and undermine the legitimacy of 28 international and Latin American human rights organizations by making allegations … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Venezuela effectively allows more violence and abuses through its failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the injuries and tortures during 2014 protests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] in a report [executive summary] released Tuesday. During the protests 3,351 people were detained, and most were released … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Venezuelan authorities on Friday passed new regulations that will allow soldiers to use deadly force against demonstrators if they feel that their lives are at risk. These regulations were passed [BBC news report] after a span of violent protests last year, as an attempt to maintain order in the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Egypt's Court of Cassation [official website, in Arabic] upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested [AP report] for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Venezuela to release politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez [BBC profile]. Al Hussein expressed concern over the detention of Lopez and 69 others who were arrested in connection with public protests that took place … [read more]

Legal News
10 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [official website, in Portuguese] on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers [LCP 147, in Portuguese]. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez [BBC profile] to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report [press release] summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from … [read more]

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