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Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Union Foreign Ministers [official website] on Monday agreed to several measures [text, PDF; materials] to provide assistance to Tunisia in the wake of the last month's attack that killed 38. The measures, agreed upon at a meeting in Brussels [meeting agenda] with Tunisian Prime Minster Habib Essid … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over a new national security law which increases China's cyber security powers. The law [text] calls for [JURIST report] an increase in internet oversight and for authorities to take tougher measures … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] China's top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State [JURIST backgrounder] has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. … [read more]


Features
10 Jun 2015

The Patriot Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself, approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counterterrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting certain … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] sent a formal report [text, PDF] to Congress criticizing the Egyptian government for its human rights abuses and lack of movement toward democracy but still supporting sending $1.3 billion to Egypt in mostly military aid. The report, signed by Secretary of State John Kerry … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security and Pakistan's Intelligence Service on Tuesday agreed to share information in relation to facilitating "coordinated intelligence operations" in a memorandum of understanding. The agreement, the Landmark Intelligence Deal, is an attempt to bolster counterterrorism efforts [Reuters report] between the two countries who have clashed … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] An analysis [text, PDF] by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for people charged … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed [AP report] by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Bulgarian] proposed a bill [materials; press release] amending and supplementing Bulgaria's criminal code to address growing threats of terrorism on Tuesday. The purpose of the bill is to fill in gaps of the criminal code, as well as to fulfill Bulgaria's … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday urged [press release] Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday beheaded convicted murderer Abdelrahman al-Jahni, the fifth person to be executed since King Salman [BBC profile] took office last month. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people [AFP report] so far this year, and the number of executions has significantly increased in recent years to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation [text, in Chinese] as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill [text] infringes on human rights [press release]. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron [official profile] to Parliament [official website] last Wednesday [official website], proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent [AFP report]. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human rights … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter [website] by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency [official website] reported [SPA report] that the … [read more]

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