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Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Former Bangladesh prime minster Khaleda Zia [BNP profile] was ordered to appear in court following charges of sedition on Monday. The suit against Zia was filed [Reuters report] by Momtaz Uddin Ahmad Mehdi, a lawyer with the Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] and a supporter of the ruling Awami League. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Bangladesh and Russia signed a $12.65 billion nuclear power deal on Friday. The state-run Atomic Energy Commission [official site] collaborated with the Russian Government [official website] and Rosatom [official site] to cement the deal. Kamrul Islam Bhyian, spokesman for the Ministry of Science and Technology, [official site] stated [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Dhaka ruled on Monday that 41 defendants can be tried for murder for the April 2013 garment factory collapse that killed 1,135 workers. Initially charged with culpable homicide, the defendants were charged with murder [JURIST report] upon investigation of their irresponsible conduct. Investigators found that the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Bangladesh [press release] Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders who were convicted of war crimes for their involvement in the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, second in command of the Jamaat-e-Islami group, and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Bangladesh has asked [VOA report] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to retract its criticism of the country's execution plans for opposition politicians convicted of war crimes at a local tribunal. In 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] convicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Guatemalan Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved legislation to raise to legal age for marriage to 18. The minimum legal age for marriage had been 14 for girls and 16 for boys. An exception was made so that girls who are at least 16 can still marry … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Bangladesh to make a significant effort to prevent extremists from targeting writers, publishers and other potential victims. Zeid stressed that civilians should not feel threatened to exercise their right of free expression. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday ordered prime minister Khaleda Zia to face trial [PTI report] on charges of embezzling money from two corruption cases between 2001 and 2006. Fifteen other defendants are also accused along with Zia of losing over USD $20 million of government funds. Zia was granted … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Sunday lifted a ban on the release of a documentary film that depicted the rescue of a woman 17-days after the 2013 garment factory disaster. The movie producer appealed [AP report] the ban to a four-judge panel led by judge Surendra … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]


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

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]

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