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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on the government of Myanmar Thursday to either repeal or amend [text] a law that could grant former presidents immunity from prosecution for human rights violations and crimes under international law. The outgoing Myanmar Parliament [official website, in Burmese] approved the Former Presidents Security … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD) [official website, in Burmese], which won in a national election [JURIST report] last November, has … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Myanmar President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill into law on Monday, prohibiting marriage to more than one spouse or living with an unmarried partner, which many view as an attack on the minority Muslim population in the country. The bill [Reuters report] is one of four recent laws … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law [text, in Burmese]. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation [Myanmar Times report] with student and teacher groups, and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] sent a joint letter [text] to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in January to … [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
2 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [official profile], on Monday condemned [press release] the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. Dr Tun … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday spoke out against the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo [corporate website], expressing his shock and appall at at the actions of the terrorists who carried it out. The attack was perpetrated by masked gunmen [NYT report] who entered … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] An investigation [report, PDF] conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School [official website] determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, the Myanmar … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese] will consider amending the country's 2008 constitution [text] following talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein [BBC profile], top army officials and opposition leadership, an official said Friday. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) [Facebook page, in Burmese] seeks to alter part of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection [press release] Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the international community. The experts … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder], formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Journalists on Friday criticized the passage of a new law which restricts crime reporting within the state of Sinaloa [official website, in Spanish], located in northwestern Mexico. The legislation prohibits journalists from documenting a crime scene using audio or video [BBC report], essentially requiring journalists to rely on information … [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]


Legal News
12 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A provincial court in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder] on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal [media website, in Burmese] to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Myanmar [press release] Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, and revealing state secrets. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Myanmar [BBC profile] legislature [official website] on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures [Bangkok Post report] local media freedom from state censorship [BBC backgrounder] and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Thursday released [text, reports] its annual country reports on human rights. In the preface to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] wrote that the DOS will "continue to press governments … [read more]

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