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Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to … [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
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [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 Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [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
19 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

A German court on Tuesday ruled against the legality of the taxi-hailing app Mytaxi [official website]. Mytaxi began offering cab rides for half the regular price in several cities if customers agreed to an electronic payment method instead of cash. According to the Frankfurt court [Reuters report], this is illegal … [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 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
11 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Commission (EC) [official website] ruled [press release] Monday that selective tax advantages offered by Belgium under its "excess profit" tax scheme are illegal under EU state aid rules. The "excess profit" tax scheme, effective since 2005, reduced the corporate tax base of companies by anywhere between 50 and … [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
23 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been released after receiving a suspended sentence on Tuesday. Zhiqiang was indicted [JURIST report] in May on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He stood trial on December 14 after more than 19 months … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Dhaka ruled on Monday that 41 defendants can be tried for murder for the April 2013 garment factory collapse that killed 1,135 workers. Initially charged with culpable homicide, the defendants were charged with murder [JURIST report] upon investigation of their irresponsible conduct. Investigators found that the … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced national security officers Omar Mahmoud and Mohamed el-Anwar for beating lawyer Karim Hamdi to death in Cairo last February. The court's decision is part of a series of cases seeking to end police brutality in the state. The conviction also comes after President … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

Beijing's Third Intermediate People's Court on Friday released journalist Gao Yu on medical parole after the Higher People's Court upheld her conviction for leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website. Though she did receive medical parole [Asia Times report] as a result of her health, the courts … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday unanimously adopted [press release] a new resolution [draft, PDF] calling on all member states to fight to eradicate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [JURIST backgrounder]. Introduced by France in the wake of ISIL attacks that claimed … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Recent state-drive reforms within China's judicial system have failed to cease the practice of torturing suspects in order to force confessions, according to a report [text, PDF] released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Since 2010, the Chinese government has been scrutinized over human rights violations. AI said Chinese … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

UN rights experts stated [press release] Wednesday that authorities in Iran [JURIST backgrounder] should cease arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression. UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmen Shaheed [official website] made the statements to the press as Iran … [read more]

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