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Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] of the UK Parliament released a report [text, PDF] on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF; Guardian backgrounder] was intended to improve transparency after … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Chinese courts convicted 14 government officials and company executives on Wednesday due to their involvement in a 2014 factory explosion that killed 146 workers because of inappropriately stored chemicals. The sentences [Xinhua report], for the crime of causing a major labor safety accident or dereliction of duty, range from three … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Hangzhou Christian Council on Friday announced that a prominent Chinese Pastor is under investigation for corruption involving the embezzlement of state funds. The pastor, Gu Yuese, is the leader of the Chongyi Church of Zhejiang. The Chongyi Church is the largest Protestant church in the Chinese speaking world … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the Chinese government on Friday to overturn [press release] a verdict sentencing three human rights activists, including a lawyer, in the Guangdong province to up to five years in prison. The individuals were convicted for "inciting subversion of state power." HRW argues that … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Tuesday released and deported Swedish citizen charged with training and funding unlicensed lawyers, after the Swedish embassy expressed concerns [press release] over the charges last week. Peter Dahlin had appeared [JURIST report] on Chinese national television [YouTube] last week to confess to his wrongdoing. Dahlin said … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Peter Dahlin, a Swedish rights advocate who had been detained in China [JURIST report] on charges of endangering state security, confessed his crimes [YouTube video] on Chinese state television on Tuesday. In the interview, which aired on State Broadcaster CCTV, Dahlin said "I have caused harm to the Chinese government. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Thursday arrested high profile human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband on charges of political subversion. Authorities have accused [NYT report] Wang of subversion of state power and her husband Bao Longjun, a trainee lawyer, of inciting subversion of state power. The formal arrest of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Chinese Urgent Action Working Group [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin was detained earlier this month on suspicion of endangering state security. It is believed by rights groups that the detention is part of a crackdown [BBC report] on rights lawyers and members of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

UN human rights experts called [press release] Monday for a review of the UK's draft Investigatory Powers bill [text, PDF]. They fear that the present draft of the bill could threaten freedom of expression and association. The bill is intended to govern how UK authorities monitor suspects under surveillance. In … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Monday formally charged at least seven human rights lawyers who have been secretly detained for months, the lawyers' family members said. The Chinese government believes that the individuals charged are linked to events that have disrupted the public order, including a police shooting. The lawyers charged … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] US-based tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo submitted evidence [text] on Friday of possible conflicts that may arise from the UK government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF]. Should the bill pass, tech companies would be required [Verge report] to perform bulk data collections of all user … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [HRW report] the Chinese authorities to release 38 lawyers and activists associated with the Beijing Fengrui Law Firm who have been held in "designated residential surveillance" since July. Designated Residential Surveillance allows legal incommunicado solitary detention in secret locations for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A court in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on Wednesday agreed to hear China's first legal challenge over a refusal to issue same-sex marriage applications. A 26-year-old man filed a case [Telegraph report] against a civil affairs bureau for refusing to grant a marriage application to him and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]

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