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Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis of Loyola Law School
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnists Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis, both students at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, discuss issues surrounding inadvertently recorded background conversations and the wide disparity of judicial opinions over their admissibility ...Wiretaps are an incredibly powerful tool for prosecutors. They allow law enforcement to listen to confidential conversations … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro [official profile, in Spanish] announced on Wednesday that three air force generals were arrested and brought before a military tribunal for plotting a coup. In his remarks on Venezuela's state run broadcast, Maduro stated [CNN report] that the three generals, who he did not name, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday condemned the recent political violence in Venezuela, and urged all parties involved to move towards meaningful dialogue in hopes of resolving the situation. In an official statement [press release], Pillay expressed serious concern at the amount … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called on [press release] all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Venezuela's government officially withdrew from an international human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling a plan by former president Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro [official profile, in Spanish] tweeted [Twitter page] that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles [BBC profile] challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro [BBC profile] in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Thursday urged Venezuela to release [press release, in Spanish] Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni from prison. Afiuni has been incarcerated since 2009 [WP report] after she freed a prisoner that the government of President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] wanted jailed. According … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] on Thursday, emphasizing the need for emerging governments in the Middle East and North Africa to develop strong human rights commitments in the wake of the series of revolutions in 2011 known as the Arab … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday called on the Venezuela government to end its censorship and intimidation of media [press release] that challenge official reports regarding President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Chavez supporters are trying to keep details about his condition and treatment secret, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Venezuelan official stated on Saturday that the country will not be holding a new election, even if President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is unable to take office on January 10 because of his cancer. Although there is a constitutional mandate [Reuters report] that the President be … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton Aburto [official website, in Spanish] announced on Friday that he will be firing 500 of the city's police officers after they failed a test used to weed out corrupt officers. The city currently has only 1,700 officers, and the 500 who failed the test [AP … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged [press release] Venezuela [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday to re-commit to the American Convention on Human Rights [text], the treaty that empowers the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish]. Venezuela, under the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday ruled [order, PDF, in Spanish] that Ecuador violated the rights of the Sarayaku Indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon when the state allowed the Argentine oil company CGC to encroach on Sarayaku traditional lands in the early 2000s without the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday announced that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish]. In a statement during a military ceremony, Chavez announced the withdrawal and criticized the regional court [Reuters report], saying it … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A former Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice [official website, in Spanish] judge accused the Venezuelan government on Thursday of improperly interfering with judicial decisions in a televised interview [video, in Spanish]. In the interview conducted in the US, former Venezuelan Justice Eladio Aponte Aponte said that judges in Venezuela … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] on Sunday, leading with a criticism of Western governments' support of Middle Eastern regimes that stifle and suppress protests. The comprehensive report catalogs all of the world's major human rights violations and gives HRW's outlook … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] ruled [judgment, in Spanish] Monday that presidential hopeful Leopoldo Lopez remains banned from running in next year's elections. Lopez, an opposition leader, is considered to be a threat [Bloomberg report] to current President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday criticized the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] for ruling in favor of presidential hopeful Leopoldo Lopez, thereby allowing him to run for office. A Venezuelan anti-corruption official had barred Lopez [Huffington Post report] from running … [read more]

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