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17 hours ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] in a statement [press release] released on Friday urged all concerned countries to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice" scarring girls for life [UN news report], endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
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
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, Egyptian authorities have spent the last week clamping down on dissidents in an effort to avoid further political unrest. At the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile], Egyptian security forces searched over 5,000 homes, seized activists … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Two of three Guantanamo Bay detainees scheduled for release boarded a plane for transfer on Wednesday while the third detainee turned down the opportunity. Though the two released detainees were natives of Egypt and Yemen, they were resettled in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro [DOD press releases]. The third … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Lisbon, Portugal, ruled on Friday that a former CIA operative shall be extradited to Italy to serve a seven-year sentence for her involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Operative Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 former … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thirteen non-government organizations on Saturday issued a joint statement to the Egyptian parliament, giving recommendations to make certain the enforcement of constitutional and human rights. The call comes during a time of continuing national and regional security concerns in the nation. A major recommendation in the statement [Daily News … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected the appeal of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons regarding their conviction of and sentence for corruption. As the three have already served their sentence, however, it is not likely [Reuters report] that they will be imprisoned again. They will be required … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Saudi Arabian officials said Saturday that the government has executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al Qaeda detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protesters against the government. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which has already sparked protests, may deepen discontent among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

China is expected to pass new anti-terrorism laws on Sunday which would require technology companies to provide information to the government from technology products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The proposed laws have been criticized by western organizations and the US Department of State [official website]. Critics of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The youngest participant in the violent 2012 Delhi gang rape which lead to the death of the victim was freed [BBC report] from jail Sunday after serving a three year sentence. The rape, on a moving bus, gathered international attention in 2012. A petition to extend the man's sentence was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian lawyer Nasser Amin on Saturday challenged a law that allows for writers to be jailed for writings that violate Egyptian "morals." The challenge came during the trial of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who could face a nearly USD $1,300 dollar fine and two years in jail for his … [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
2 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist, Ismail Alexandrani, was detained and interrogated upon his arrival in Egypt Tuesday for spreading false news. After an eight-hour interrogation Alexandrani was ordered to be jailed for 15 days [AP report] pending an investigation into claims that he joined and campaigned for an illegal … [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]

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