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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [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
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Burkina Faso's military court issued an international arrest warrant on Monday for former president Blaise Compaore [Britannica profile] for the assassination of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Sankara [BBC profile] was killed along with 12 of his supporters during a 1987 coup that brought Compaore to power. Compaore resigned in October … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Prosecutor Col. Sita Sangare, Burkina Faso's director of military justice, on Sunday announced [AP report] charges filed last week against General Gilbert Diendere for complicity in the assassination of former president and revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara in 1987. Diendere, the leader of the September attempted military coup in Burkina Faso, … [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
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat was fined €10,000 Monday following her refusal to take down Internet videos made in 2012. The videos risked exposing [Reuters report] the identities of witnesses in the case of the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. Khayat had been ordered by the court … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website] on Friday handed down [press release] its first judgment, finding journalist Karma Khayat in contempt of court for not removing a broadcast made in 2012. The STL, set up to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Wednesday vetoed [veto message, PDF] a bill that would have banned individuals from flying drones lower than 350 feet over private property without permission from a landowner. The stated purpose of the bill was to protect privacy rights of landowners from unforeseen … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Rights Watch (UK) [advocacy website] commenced a legal proceeding [press release] against the government on Tuesday, seeking the publication of legal advice the government claims provided justification for a Syrian drone strike that killed three, including two British citizens. Director of Rights Watch (UK) Yasmine Ahmen commented that there … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The families of two Yemeni men who were killed by US drone strikes filed a lawsuit [complaint] Sunday against the US claiming that the men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, were "innocent bystanders" who were wrongfully killed. The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary relief, states … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Friday announced [AP report] that eight of the ten men charged with the 2012 attack of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile] were acquitted of all charges by an anti-terrorism court in April. This information is a correction of the reported conviction [JURIST report] of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Pakistan anti-terrorism court in the Swat region sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile]. Yousafzai, then 15, was shot in the head [Al Jazeera report] on her school bus on her way … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [offical website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [UN report] over attacks in Mali in which members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) [advocacy website] were specifically targeted, resulting in numerous casualties. So far, the UN has reported … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]

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