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Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was originally sentenced [JURIST report] by … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Syed Mohammed Hasan Ali, a fugitive commander of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani troops, was sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Bangladeshi court for torture and massacre committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War [BBC backgrounder]. Ali was found guilty on five out of six charges … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Sohel Rana and 40 other people were charged with murder on Monday over the 2013 collapse [LAT report] of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people. Bangladesh authorities [official website] brought charges against Rana [BBC profile], the building owner, as well as his parents and more than … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] [JURIST] A Bangladeshi police official on Monday said that Bangladeshi police have arrested two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] on suspicion that the pair were planning to fight for IS in Syria. According to Sheikh Nazmul Alam, a senior official of the police detective branch, … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] welcomed [press release] as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved [BBC report] by President … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party [party website], was convicted of [AFP report] committing torture, abduction and mass murder, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal [JURIST report] by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail on Sunday after surrendering to the court in Dhaka. Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had been voluntarily confined [BBC report] to her office since January 5, when an indefinite transport blockade was called on the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued [AP report] following a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami [party website] party leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the country's apex court Thursday against its verdict that upheld the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity Backgrounder]. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] chief Irina Bokova [official website] on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, stated, "[p]ress freedom is … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] and former prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The arrest warrant comes in response to Zia's failure to appear [AP report] in court in the two … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday convicted and sentenced [judgment, PDF] Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday convicted and sentenced [judgement, PDF] Islamist leader Abdus Subhan to death. Subhan, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party, was charged and convicted of of mass killing, looting and arson during during the 1971 War of … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court [official website] on Sunday ordered the government to take "effective action" to quash ongoing protests that have left more than 100 people dead. The protests have been led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalistic Party (BNP), since January 5, when … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] and former prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was charged along with 55 other people on Wednesday for instigating an arson attack on a bus. In January, Zia called for an indefinite transport blockade [PTI report; … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union [official website, in Burmese], passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration [official website] of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official website] on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why Have … [read more]

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