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Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Indonesian province of Aceh has begun to enforce a law [BBC report] based on Sharia law [BBC backgrounder] which bans homosexual sex as well as adultery. Both locals and foreigners may now be punished with "100 strokes of the cane" upon proof that they engaged in an outlawed liaison. … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Friday condemned [press release] the growing number of executions in Iran in recent years. According to the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran and on extrajudicial executions, Iran has executed about 350 people in 2015 and executed approximately six people … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of South Korea [official website] on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional [BBC report] a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International [advocacy websites] on Wednesday issued a joint statement [press release] urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters [text] to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, especially for female human … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan [press release] and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive legislative and institutional … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says that the deplorable state of women's rights in Afghanistan should not be tolerated and that changes must be made...Four years ago, a long-awaited law to protect women and girls from violence, the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law [Guardian report] expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday encouraged [press release] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] released a report [text, PDF] Sunday stating that although there was an increase of reported acts of violence against women to the Afghan authorities in the past year, … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan [JURIST news archive] officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged [press release] authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy group] on Sunday urged [news release] the prosecutor's office [official website] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to expedite inquiry into international crimes committed in Afghanistan [BBC profile]. In November the ICC released the Report on Preliminary Examination Activities [text, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] and the chairperson of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] Frances Raday on Wednesday urged [text] the Sudanese government to stop the practice of threatening women with … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned [press release] the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo [official website]. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without … [read more]

Legal News
19 May 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Afghanistan parliament on Saturday blocked legislation that would have worked to strengthen women's rights in the country. If passed, the legislation would have protected provisions [AP report] of the 2009 Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) [PDF], which was originally implemented by presidential decree, from being … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Fear of deportation prevents many migrant women in Belgium from seeking necessary protection from domestic violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Friday. The 57-page report, entitled "'The Law was Against Me': Migrant Women's Access to Protection for Family Violence in Belgium," … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on discrimination against women [official website] on Thursday urged governments around the world to repeal laws that criminalize adultery [statement] and give rise to severe penalties which include flogging, death by stoning and hanging. While the working group conceded that "adultery may constitute a valid … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the governments of Pakistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and Afghanistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to end violence against women and to initiate investigations into the recent killings of two women. Fareeda … [read more]

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