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Legal News
4 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [official website; BBC profile] was elected to a third term on Friday, leading to public protest and international criticism. Although the election resulted [AP report] in Nkurunziza receiving 69 percent of the vote, the Constitution of Burundi [text, PDF] states that presidents shall be universally elected … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Burundi polls opened [ARIB report, in French] on Tuesday for the controversial election where President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] is running for his third term. Nkurunziza's opponents have boycotted the election, claiming it is unconstitutional for a president to seek third term. In Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, citizens rioted against … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] China's state media on Tuesday criticized [press release] recently-detained human rights lawyers for actions it says undermine the rule of law. The crackdown on human rights lawyers comes as part of a larger push by President Xi Jinping [BBC profile] to discredit the rights defense movement [NYT report] which … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] At least five Chinese lawyers from a human rights law firm were detained [press release in, Chinese] on Saturday after being accused for running a criminal syndicate and smear campaign against the Communist Party [BBC backgrounder]. The arrests come amid President Xi Jinping's [BBC profile] attempts to discredit the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Apr 2015
by Griffen Thorne of Loyola University Chicago School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 [PDF] ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions throughout the State and which will remain … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak [Gulf News profile], accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 [AP report] in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] warned [press release] Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13 [Sudan Tribune report]. The briefing detailed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday charged [press release] mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge [CTM backgrounder] cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended [AP report] the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people refrain from interfering in China's judicial … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told [press release] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A special court in the Republic of Senegal [official website, in French] on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade [BBC profile] to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption [JURIST report] and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cambodia's Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) [party websites, in Khmer] in an … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem [statements] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin] on Thursday announced [press release, in Mandarin] a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing [JURIST report] articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan [Brookings backgrounder]. The 81-year-old … [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
21 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Colorado residents filed two lawsuits [complaint, PDF; complaint, PDF] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] seeking federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. The lawsuits mark the first in-state legal action opposing the legalization of marijuana. The actions were filed by … [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
8 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A nationwide anti-gay marriage referendum in Slovakia failed on Saturday because of the low voter turnout. The referendum, which asked whether marriage should only be a union between a man and a woman, was intended to strengthen [BBC report] the constitutional same-sex marriage ban in the country. While 50% … [read more]

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