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17 hours ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] of the UK Parliament released a report [text, PDF] on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF; Guardian backgrounder] was intended to improve transparency after … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Thursday released a statement [press release] finding that Julian Assange [BBC profile], founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks [website], has been arbitrarily detained in the UK since 2010. Assange was initially arrested in December of 2010 stemming from rape … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

UN human rights experts called [press release] Monday for a review of the UK's draft Investigatory Powers bill [text, PDF]. They fear that the present draft of the bill could threaten freedom of expression and association. The bill is intended to govern how UK authorities monitor suspects under surveillance. In … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] US-based tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo submitted evidence [text] on Friday of possible conflicts that may arise from the UK government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF]. Should the bill pass, tech companies would be required [Verge report] to perform bulk data collections of all user … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Iranian state news service on Sunday announced the sentencing [Washington Post report] of a Washington Post journalist to an unspecified prison term after he was convicted on charges that include espionage. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, announced the sentence of journalist Jason Rezaian … [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]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Parliament [official website] voted 342-274 on Thursday to approve [press release] a resolution encouraging its member countries not to extradite Edward Snowden [BBC profile] to the US. In an affirmative act passed by a vote of 285-281, Parliament also called upon its member states to drop all criminal … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A rise in defense spending and a lack of oversight in Middle Eastern and North African governments puts these nations in a high risk for defense corruption, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the Transparency International UK Defense and Security program [advocacy website]. Private sector involvement … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN released a report [materials] on Tuesday stating that Iran's human rights situation remains alarming despite the signing [JURIST report] of the nuclear deal earlier this month. The report, published by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court found the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri innocent of terrorism charges on Thursday. Mohamed al-Zawahri was the leader [AP report] of the Jihadi Salafist [PBS backgrounder] group and was an ally of ex-president Mohammed Morsi, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed al-Zawahiri … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] on Monday convicted [WP report] Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], approximately two months [JURIST report] after the end of his trial. Rezaian was accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments and acting against national security. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] At the request of US government officials, Chinese authorities last month arrested individual hackers that allegedly misappropriated commercial secrets from US firms with the intention to sell proprietary information to state-owned entires within the the People's Republic of China [government website]. In the weeks leading up to the arrests, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with three anonymous individuals, filed a complaint [text, PDF] Monday alleging that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is violating their rights by sharing communications with the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official websites]. The complaint alleges that GCHQ has been intercepting and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office [official website] on Friday dismissed all charges against the former chairman of Temple University's physics department, Xi Xiaoxing [University profile], for allegedly sharing American-made schematics of a device used in superconductor research to Chinese scientists. The charges were based on emails of technological specifications of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Privacy International [advocacy website] reported [materials] Monday that Colombian intelligence agencies have been developing surveillance tools to collect large amounts of data without a warrant. According to the advocacy group, a newly changed intelligence law has made it possible for police and state security agencies to gather large amounts … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Saturday sentenced Mohamed Badie and 88 other Muslim Brotherhood [official website] members to life imprisonment for their role in a 2013 attack on a police station. First reported by Middle East News Agency (MENA), Egypt's state-run news agency, most defendants were tried and sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Germany's acting top federal prosecutor on Monday dropped a much-criticized treason investigation into two prominent journalists working for Netzpolitik.org [media website, in German]. In July, Netzpolitik, a blog on digital rights issues, announced that two of its journalists, Andre Meister and Markus Beckedahl [professional profiles, in German], were being … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Harald Range [professional profile], Germany's top prosecutor, was dismissed from his duties on Tuesday by Justice Minister Heiko Maas [official website] after Range accused the German government of obstructing his investigation against two German journalists. Range was interested in an investigation against the two journalists from the website Netzpolitik.org, … [read more]

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