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Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Bangladesh [press release] Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday reported [press release] that police forces in Sri Lanka regularly torture and ill-treat criminal suspects in custody. HRW Asia director Brad Adams said, "[t]he Sri Lankan police treat the use of torture as an ordinary way of obtaining confessions." HRW compiled allegations … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday suspended the execution of a paraplegic prisoner after numerous human rights groups claimed that a hanging would be cruel and inhumane. The suspension of the execution comes after Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Pakistani government earlier this week to … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Cambodia to drop plans to revive [press release] a restrictive nongovernmental organizations (NGO) law. Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] has reportedly said he would use the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations (LANGO) to "handcuff" non compliant groups. Brian … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges [press release] brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website, in Cambodian] charged two new suspects … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday criticized [press release] the lack of action taken by the Thai government to bring police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of protestors in Tak Bai in 2004 to justice. This failure, according to HRW Asian director Brad Adams [official … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for Colorado's Adams County District Court on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional but immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C Scott Crabtree ruled that Amendment 43 [text, PDF] of Colorado's state constitution, which was passed by voters in 2006 and defines … [read more]

Legal News
26 May 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Armed Thai soldiers on Sunday arrested human rights defender Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and her son Panitan Prueksakasemsuk following a raid of their house in Bangkok. They were released on Monday from military custody [HRW report] on the condition that they give no interviews and take part in no political activities. … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] claimed [press release] Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report [text] detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Nine same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit in a state court in Denver, Colorado challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The couples argued that the ban violates their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Amendment 43 [text, PDF] of Colorado's state constitution, passed by voters in … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Bangladesh government needs to prevent garment factory owners [press release] from intimidating workers for organizing trade unions and to prosecute any parties responsible for attacks on labor leaders. Workers interviewed by HRW claimed that some managers mistreated those involved … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Chinese government to drop all politically motivated charges against Xu Zhiyong [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and release the rights activist from prison. Xu, a prominent critic of China's one-party system and founder of the nongovernmental New … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law & Policy criticizes a California law regarding bathroom choice in public schools...California's latest foray into radical psycho-social experimentation with children is AB 1266, known as the "bathroom bill." Unless stopped by a popular referendum effort, AB 1266 will go … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Colorado same-sex couple filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Adams County District Court [official website] after they were denied a marriage license from the Adams County Clerk's office in Colorado. The couple, Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd, argues [News 7 report] that Colorado's civil union statute [text, PDF] … [read more]

20 Sep 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The US Constitution granted separate war powers to both Congress and the President, and neither branch has refrained [PDF] from exercising those powers. During the 19th century, Congress formally declared three wars and authorized the president to engage in military actions on several occasions. In July 1798, President John … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Thursday that the refusal by the government of Cambodia to pay staff at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is an attempt to undermine efforts to bring former Khmer Rouge … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text] Thursday documenting brutality by Bangladeshi security forces in responding to street protests, resulting in the death of at least 150 protesters and the injury of at least 2,000 since February. Brad Adams, executive director of HRW's Asia Division, urged … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Bangladesh high court ruled on Thursday that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was illegally registered as a political party and therefore cannot bring forward candidates for the country's January 2014 election. The court stated, however, that JI may be re-registered if it amends its charter … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on [press release] Cambodia's donors to oppose a land titling campaign created by Prime Minister Hun Sen, alleging that it lacks accountability and transparency and is prone to abuse. Hun Sen announced on Monday that the program will be suspended … [read more]

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