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Legal News
6 Feb 2016
by Emelina Perez

Turkey must ensure that fewer refugees enter Greece by the time EU leaders meet later this month, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Saturday. Hahn stated [Reuters report] that a reduction was expected when Turkey agreed to an action plan two months ago and that Turkey has a duty to patrol … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2016
by Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense discusses the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 and its problematic aftereffects on offenders, society and the criminal justice system...The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 has not yet even been scheduled for a vote in the full … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

French police have discriminated against Muslims residing in France under the state of emergency law [bill text, in French] imposed in November according to a report [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
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
1 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Sunday for Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgents to stop illegally confiscating aid [press release] to people in the besieged of Taiz. HRW claims that rebels have confiscated items including food, water, cooking gas and medical supplies. HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday announced a new set of actions his administration is taking in an effort to close the gender pay gap. Speaking with reporters, Obama chastised American business for paying women, on average, only 79 percent of comparable male earners, and stated, "[w]omen are not … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin [official website] on Wednesday released an advisory opinion [press release] declaring that daily fantasy sports websites in which players pay to participate are considered gambling and are therefore illegal in the state. Chin noted the difference between friends playing in their own fantasy sports … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that daily fantasy sports websites in which players pay to participate are considered gambling and are therefore illegal in the state. Paxton released an official advisory opinion [text, PDF] in which he stated that fantasy sports leagues and online … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Approximately 180 Cuban migrants crossed the US border on Friday as part of an organized Central American effort to transport the 8,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Following recent diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, thousands of Cubans are attempting to seek asylum [New Yorker report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court [official website] granted the two largest daily fantasy websites a stay on Monday allowing them to continue to operate within the state during their appeal. The appeal comes in a challenge from New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who claims … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] on Friday informed the UN [official website] that it would be rescinding its order expelling the top UN human rights representative from the country. Yemen's UN Ambassador Khaled Alyemany had previously sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a report [text] saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained at least 35 people in the country's capital, Sanaa. The rights group further states that the individuals have been in custody for over a year, and that several … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday encouraged the Yemen government to reconsider its decision [press release report] to expel the country's human rights representative. The government claimed that George Abu al-Zulof, the human rights representative, was biased and failed in assessing the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that the civilian death toll in Yemen has reached nearly 2,800 [press release] over nine months of fighting. The UN reported that the number of civilian deaths rose sharply in December despite an agreed upon … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report [report, PDF] Saturday describing human rights abuses in Kunduz, Afghanistan, during a temporary occupation by the Taliban. The report released preliminary figures of 289 civilian deaths and 559 civilian … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

An appellate court judge granted a temporary stay to daily sports fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel hours after a New York judge on Friday granted a temporary injunction [order, PDF] demanding the fantasy sports companies cease operations in that state. The temporary stay was granted [NYT report] by Appellate Division … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] condemned [press release] Boko Haram on Sunday for the group's alleged involvement in a triple suicide attack on the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad Saturday that left more than 30 dead and injured over 130. The attack [Al Jazeera report] targeted a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Thursday filed a challenge [press release, in Hungarian] in the European Court of Justice to the EU's quota plan that will distribute refugees throughout the member states. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that migrants pose a threat to the nation after the attacks in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] and Pentagon officials have completed their investigation into the October 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan and announced [statement] on Wednesday that it was an "avoidable accident caused primarily by human error." Commander … [read more]

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