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6 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The interim government of Burkina Faso on Thursday apprehended the leader of the week-long military coup in September, announcing that he will face military justice. Gilbert Diendere [DW Akademie report] was a general in the national army and the alleged leader of the the group known as the Presidential … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Madagascar's Parliament voted on Tuesday to remove President Hery Rajaonarimampianina [BBC profile] from office for failing to deliver on promises. The parliament also alleged [BBC report] Rajaonarimampianina has violated the constitution, lacks respect for the government, and that he did not rule out the possibility of dissolving parliament. Rajaonarimampianina … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Former president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana [BBC profile] was arrested on Monday when he returned to the country after five years of living in exile in South Africa. Tear gas was fired and security forces were seen outside his house before he was detained, a BBC reporter stated [BBC … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Thailand's new military junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC profile], announced on Thursday the military has seized control of the country and suspended its constitution. Chan-ocha became the leader of Thailand's army in 2010 and has proclaimed an interest in keeping the army neutral, but over the years his … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Thai military declared martial law in the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday. Commander of the Thai army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has stated [BBC report] that the army's declaration is not a coup but will remain in place until "peace and order" has been restored. The declaration of martial … [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
12 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short [AP report] of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Aiello, LLB Candidate, University of London, considers foreign aid and how it applies to Egypt in a two-part series. In his second piece, he calls for reform of the Foreign Assistance Act...Recent politics in Egypt have left US political leaders and White House lawyers quibbling over … [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
5 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani released a statement [press release] though the Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations [official website] on Monday that any effort to undermine the military by creating a wedge between it and the Pakistani people would not be tolerated. The statement appears to … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website; press release] on Monday urged all parties in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to resolve their differences peacefully. The call came amid a recent attack [Aljazeera report] on the country's army base outside of the capital Bissau in which at least … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday delivered the first of more than 300 verdicts expected in the trial examining the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot [JURIST news archive], which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Turkish state prosecutor on Monday urged the court to move to a verdict in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The prosecution has demanded 15 to 20 years of imprisonment [Reuters report] for the 364 officers, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A boycott by defense lawyers in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003 caused the judge to refer the case on Friday to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office to break the deadlock. The trial stems from the Balyoz … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Turkish police on Tuesday arrested six former military officials for their involvement in the 1997 coup which led Turkey's Islamist-led government to resign. The six officials were among the 10 suspects prosecutors included in their arrest warrants. They have been charged with participating in forcing the resignation of Necmettin … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] insisted on Friday that anyone who engaged in violent acts relating to the April 12 coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder] should be held accountable [press release] for their actions. In the press release, Pillay voiced concern that the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order [press release] in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder]. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes, … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged the people of Guinea-Bissau [JURIST news archive] Friday to ensure that the country's upcoming presidential election is free and fair and warned that any violence during the election would be a violation of human rights. The presidential election, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Aug 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist James Nyawo, a Ph.D. candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, says that the African Union must emulate the EU and begin to confront human rights abuses, not only to prevent the organization from losing relevancy, but also to ensure that those who have committed … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Thursday replaced lead prosecutors in the Ergenekon coup [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] investigations in response to criticism. The probe has resulted hundreds of arrests, with people awaiting or on trial, but has not yet delivered any verdicts. Among the hundreds arrested are 163 active and … [read more]

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