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Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] China's state media on Tuesday criticized [press release] recently-detained human rights lawyers for actions it says undermine the rule of law. The crackdown on human rights lawyers comes as part of a larger push by President Xi Jinping [BBC profile] to discredit the rights defense movement [NYT report] which … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] At least five Chinese lawyers from a human rights law firm were detained [press release in, Chinese] on Saturday after being accused for running a criminal syndicate and smear campaign against the Communist Party [BBC backgrounder]. The arrests come amid President Xi Jinping's [BBC profile] attempts to discredit the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council [official webcite] on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party [party website, in Romanian], would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Bahrain Public Prosecution on Sunday extended the period of detention of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account; JURIST news archive] by 15 days, citing a need for further investigation. According to Rajab's wife, the activist was arrested [BBC report] on April 2 for tweets he posted … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Romanian court sentenced former Senior Judge Stan Mustata to 10 years and eight months in prison on Friday for granting favorable verdicts to defendants in exchange for money. Mustata was convicted of six counts [AP report] of taking bribes from October 2013 until his arrest in April 2014. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended [AP report] the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people refrain from interfering in China's judicial … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Venezuela effectively allows more violence and abuses through its failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the injuries and tortures during 2014 protests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] in a report [executive summary] released Tuesday. During the protests 3,351 people were detained, and most were released … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin] on Thursday announced [press release, in Mandarin] a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing [JURIST report] articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan [Brookings backgrounder]. The 81-year-old … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Romania's Bucharest Appeals Court [official website, in Romanian] on Monday sentenced Judge Mircea Moldovan to 22 years in prison for several instances of taking bribes from wealthy Romanian businessman in exchange for ruling in their favor in court. Though the ruling is not yet final, the court also confiscated … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRN) [advocacy website, in Spanish] reported [official report, PDF in Spanish] on Monday that the Cuban government detained 8,899 dissidents and activists in 2014. These detentions mark a significant increase from previous years—2,000 more than in 2013 and four times … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal twitter account] was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered [Bahrain News Agency report] his … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the two-year jail sentence of an opposition online activist for writing tweets found to be offensive to the country's Emir. After the ruling, activist Hejab Al Hajeri said on his Twitter [official website] account that his "determination is bigger than their jail." Al … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained [JURIST report] last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer who is well known … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal regulations that … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website], Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] joined Tuesday to condemn the Cuban government's detentions of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. According to rights activists in Havana, an estimated 100 pro-democracy activists have … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report [text; PDF] on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established [commission decision, PDF] … [read more]

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