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Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judge Dolly Gee of the District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the current Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] method of detaining children with their mothers violates a 1997 court settlement. The settlement bars children from being detained in unlicensed … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Migration Policy Institute [official website] released a report [text] on Thursday finding that the Obama administration's new policies that will protect up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States from facing deportation. The report stated that the total number of deportations is estimated to drop by … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Sunday stated that Egypt may pursue legal action against journalists who report information on terrorist attacks that contradicts official government statements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] is expected to approve a draft law [AFP report] already passed by the cabinet which would punish such … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that the country had certified the citizenship of thousands whose status had been in question for almost a decade. Their citizenship was in question [AP report] based on their Haitan-immigrant-parents illegal entry into the country. As a result, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

An appeals court in New York [official website] on Wednesday granted a law license [opinion] to an immigrant who was brought to the US illegally as a child. Cesar Vargas was brought to the US from Mexico by his mother when he was 5 years old. He attended college and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Monday in Mellouli v. Lynch [SCOTUSblog materials] that an immigrant's conviction for concealing unnamed pills in his sock did not trigger removal under under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [text]. The INA provides that non-citizens may be deported if … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the injunction against President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration [official website] should remain in effect pending appeal. Many of the initiatives, which would have provided relief from deportation to more than … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Mohamed Fahmy, an Al Jazeera [media website, in Arabic] journalist and Canadian national, announced plans on Monday to sue the network for negligence and seek USD $100 million in damages. Formerly a CNN journalist, Fahmy and two other Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted and sentenced by an Egyptian … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges [BBC report] in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] declined [opinion] Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February [text, PDF] temporarily blocking the executive immigration actions authorized by President Barack Obama [official website]. US District Judge Andrew Hanen issued two orders … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Monday urged [brief, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] to reverse the injunction blocking the president's immigration executive action. The government is challenging the preliminary injunction [JURIST report] issued last month that placed a hold … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida [AP report] where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this month, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday sought an immediate stay pending appeal [text, PDF] of a Fifth Circuit preliminary injunction against the recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama [official profile] that would halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants [JURIST report]. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Sunday again postponed the retrial of two Al Jazeera [official website] journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive]. This is the second time [JURIST report] the court has had to reschedule the trial after two key police witnesses failed … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti [BBC report; JURIST news archive], annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted [Reuters report] of committing four … [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
23 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned [Al Jazeera report] for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] two key parts of a recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama [official website] that would halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced two programs [text] in November, purportedly under his executive authority … [read more]

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