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Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California on Tuesday agreed [settlement, PDF] to restrict its controversial practices of solitary confinement. The class action lawsuit was brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website], which alleged that approximately 3,000 prisoners were kept in isolated conditions in which they were alone for 22 hours a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Aug 2015
by Dimas Kuncoro Jati of Gadjah Mada University

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimas Kuncoro Jati, of Gadjah Mada University, discusses the separatist movement in the West Papua and estimates its chances of exercising secession from Indonesia under the Kosovo scenario ... West Papua separatists are allegedly trying to seek international community attention by arranging a new strategy to compose … [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
11 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling [AP report] that the procedural due process rights … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) [official website] to stabilize areas that have … [read more]

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

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
10 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website] against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) [official website], alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado [official website] signed a progressive bill for mentally ill inmates on Friday. Senate Bill 14-064 [text, PDF] changes traditional methods of solitary confinement by mandating psychiatric evaluations and therapy for inmates diagnosed with mental illness and qualifying for disciplinary intervention. All inmates currently in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] New York has agreed to reforms that would reduce the use of solitary confinement and ban solitary confinement for prisoners under 18 years old, according to court documents [opinion, PDF] released on Wednesday. Under the agreement, the state will immediately halt the use of solitary confinement for youth, pregnant … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday demanded [press release] that Louisiana state officials immediately release former Black Panther Albert Woodfox [AI backgrounder], who has been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to isolation … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Monday urged [press release] the US to immediately end the solitary confinement imposed in 1972 on a former Black Panther. Albert Woodfox [AI backgrounder] was serving a prison sentence for armed robbery in 1972, when he and another inmate … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland [official website, in Polish] on Monday ruled [materials, in Polish] against a musician who tore up a copy of the Bible on stage in 2007. The court held that even without intention of insulting the Catholic Church, the musician violated … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The South Korean Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday nullified a 2007 regulation that required South Koreans to use their real names in Internet forums. Under the terms of the regulation online discussion participants had to pass a verification process in order to express their opinions on most websites. … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; press release] on Thursday released a report entitled Angola’s Upcoming Elections: Attacks on the Media, Expression, and Assembly [report, PDF] alleging that the government of Angola [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is responsible for undermining freedom of speech protections for its citizens. The … [read more]

Legal News
26 Apr 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] Kenya dismissed four senior judges on Wednesday after an independent board found that they lacked integrity and were incompetent. The men removed from their position were Riaga Omollo, the Chief of the Court of Appeals, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel Okubasu and Joseph Nyamu. Five other judges were cleared of any … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Aug 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist James Nyawo, a Ph.D. candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, says that the African Union must emulate the EU and begin to confront human rights abuses, not only to prevent the organization from losing relevancy, but also to ensure that those who have committed … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Jul 2011

Richard Dicker, Director of International Justice at Human Rights Watch, argues that any political deal allowing Muammar Gaddafi to avoid prosecution before the ICC would compromise peace and deny the victims of crimes against humanity the possibility of redress...Amid preparations for the Libya contact group meeting in Istanbul on Friday, … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday convicted former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu and three others involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison while two others, Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye and Innocent Sagahutu, to … [read more]

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