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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]

Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Monday over the rising use of counter-terrorism measures around the world. Many nations have used counter-terrorism as an excuse to restrict public assembly and stop the activities of public interest groups, Emmerson said. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye [official profile] spoke out [press release] on Thursday against governments and international organizations who lack protection for whistleblowers. Kaye believes that there are numerous whistleblowers who withhold information that should be made public because of intimidation from government officials and … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Five Ethiopian bloggers on Friday were acquitted of terrorism charges relating to publications on their website [Zone9, in Amharic]. The publications, critical of the government, landed nine bloggers in jail, and one charged in absentia, in April 2014, for violation of Ethiopia's broad anti-terrorism laws [text]. In July five … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of three individuals allegedly involved in the murder of two secular bloggers earlier this year. The suspects are Islamic extremists and part of a recently banned armed group called Ansarullah Bangla Team. Mufti Jasim Rahmani, the head of the group, is already serving … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court [official website] struck down [judgment, PDF] a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law [text, PDF]. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested [HRW report] in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to the Committee to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 May 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law
edited by Brent Nesbitt

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law argues that the UN must change its recent course and uphold its international duties to provide a forum for legal redress to the victims of the Cholera outbreak in Haiti ... Last month, the venerable New York City … [read more]

7 May 2014
by G. Redd

Bursting on the heels of the mobile technology revolution, social media later recaptured international attention for its abilities to disseminate information more quickly and directly than traditional news outlets during critical moments in popular upheaval. With smart technology readily accessible to the masses, recent uprisings have been organized, documented, and … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Russia's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a set of bills that apply new restrictions on the Internet and blogging, a move widely criticized by both pro-democracy activists and Russia's technology sector alike. Critics of the draft laws affecting the Internet, which are expected to be signed by … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Cambodian police on Monday released five activists arrested earlier in the day for petitioning the French Embassy to release 23 demonstrators held for opposing the government's labor and political framework. The release was reportedly conditioned upon the demonstrators' collective agreement [AP report] that they would not join in recent … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities are using repressive laws, unfair trials and harsh prison conditions against activists who oppose the ruling Communist government, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report claims that those arrested include [press release] bloggers, labor and land rights activists, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced prominent dissident Le Quoc Quan [HRW backgrounder] to 30 months in prison for tax evasion. Quan's imprisonment sparked outrage [AFP report] from hundreds of protesters who believe the verdict was politically motivated and part of a widespread government crackdown on dissent. Quan, a … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Hanoi [official website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] a new Vietnam Internet decree that would effectively restrict online discussion of current affairs in the country. The decree requires all foreign websites to have at least one server in Vietnam, which would give greater content control … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Egypt has been sharply criticized by international organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) and HRW for its poor state of human rights before, during and after the 2011 revolution. Protestors demanded the overthrow of Mubarak for grievances related to police brutality, state of emergency laws, lack of free elections, freedom … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Thousands in Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that the government introduce anti-blasphemy laws, including provisions to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers, in a rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group drawing support from thousands of seminaries and allegedly backed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The protest … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Friday praised [press release] Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's [official website, in Arabic] decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A group of 22 Vietnamese activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by the local People's Court in southern central Phu Yen province on Monday after the group was convicted of engaging in subversive activities to overthrow the county's communist government. According to their court-appointed lawyer, the group's 65-year-old … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday released and deported Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan after nine months of detention. Quan was arrested [JURIST report] on terrorism charges for planning protests in support of a banned group of US exiles, the Viet Tan [advocacy website]. He was released following diplomatic pressure … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Vietnam Supreme People's Court in the central Nghe An province on Wednesday sentenced 14 Catholic Redemptorist bloggers to jail terms ranging from 3 to 13 years of combined prison and house arrest. The defendants are associated with Viet Tan [advocacy website], a dissident group that Vietnam's government deems … [read more]

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