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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]

Legal News
23 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] EU officials on Saturday praised Belarus' president for his release of political prisoners. High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn stated [text], "this is a long-sought step forward" and that "[t]oday's releases represent important progress in the efforts towards the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti [official profile] on Thursday warned [press release] that Belarus continues to sentence and imprison political opponents of the government. Haraszti cited examples from April and May where existing prisoners we given extended sentences or placed under worse conditions and called for their releaseThis year, the … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Vladimir Katriuk, an elite Nazi storm trooper and the second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list [materials] died Thursday at the age of 93. Katriuk passed away after battling a long illness, according to his lawyer. It is alleged that Katriuk, a Ukrainian national, was a … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures [AI report] showing bullet wounds to the heads and bodies of four Ukrainian … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks [AP report] a major reversal in the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes [press release], with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain [advocacy website] released a report [summary] on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different extents, have … [read more]

Legal News
26 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklos Haraszti [official profile] called [press release] Friday for Belarus, currently the only European nation that has retained the death penalty, to end the practice. The statement was issued following the reported execution of Pavel Sialiun who was put to death at an unknown … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website], Remigiusz Henczel [official website], on Wednesday presented the annual report [text, PDF] to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website], claiming [press release] that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Belarusian government on Wednesday to immediately cease executions of its citizens until legislation related to capital punishment and the court system can be reformed. According to Haraszti [press release], executions are administered via … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Son of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Maxim Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years on Wednesday by a Kyrgyz court. He was convicted [BBC report] of entering into several energy agreements that cost Kyrgyzstan hundreds of millions of dollars and found guilty of illegally privatizing public land surrounding a … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belarus held elections for members of parliament Sunday, despite a boycott by opposition parties. Many of the largest opposition parties agreed to not vote in the elections and pull their candidates, believing the results are predetermined. Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported as at least over 50 percent … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Thursday told a special session [materials] of the Human Rights Council [official website] that 16 nations have failed to prevent members of their own governments from intimidating and attacking activists and protesters. Based on a UN report not … [read more]

Student Commentary
4 Jul 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. In the first entry of a two-part series, Samasiuk discusses the importance of food sustainability with the ever-increasing world population...Statisticians project … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] A Libyan military court on Monday sentenced a group of 24 men from the former Soviet Union to prison terms after finding them guilty of serving as mercenaries for former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The military trial, which is the first trial to hold … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. Advocacy group Freedom Now … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk is an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. She discusses professional stratification in the Belarus legal system and the difficulties created by the division between advocates and commercial … [read more]

Legal News
26 Apr 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern [press release] Wednesday that recent restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a number of countries may fundamentally effect freedoms and human rights. Pillay highlighted Egypt, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Belarus, Israel and Venezuela as examples of countries that have … [read more]

Student Commentary
6 Apr 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk is an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. Here she discusses food import laws in the US and EU, and their impact on food exporters in developing and … [read more]

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