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Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Ocasio v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] a conspiracy to commit extortion requires that the conspirators agree to obtain property from someone outside the conspiracy. The … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [official website] released its tenth report [press release, PDF] on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing [official profile] called [press release] Tuesday on the Serbian government to take immediate action to improve the current housing crisis that has left many Serbian citizens without adequate housing. While Serbia boasts a high rate of homeownership due to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list] in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International [corporate website] for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities [press release]. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews with 81 … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev [Russia Profile] about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Ocasio v US [docket], two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law [BBC report]. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Junior Minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar was sentenced to death Tuesday, after he was found guilty of 14 counts of criminal charges including genocide, rape, extortion, arson, and torture committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Independence War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Qaisar denied the charges, and his lawyer expressed his opinion that … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted [AI report] from these claims. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Sep 2014
by Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday released a report [text] outlining the prevalent trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees for ransom by Sudanese and Egyptian individuals that has been occurring since 2010. Victims stated in the report that traffickers kidnapped and tortured them in order to extort … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text, PDF] detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan [HRW profile]. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed into law a collection of legislation centered on immigration [press release] on Saturday. AB 4, 35 and 1159 [materials] create limitations, restrictions, and obligations for those involved in immigration services and compliance intended to limit detention of undocumented immigrants and increase accessibility … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday stated it is "increasingly worried" [press release] for the safety of civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNHCR reported that during a visit to CAR last week, they witnessed virtual lawlessness in the CAR, discovering several villages burned to the ground … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] praised [statement] the High Court of Kenya Tuesday for upholding [decision] the asylum right of urban refugees and expressed hope the government of Kenya will now resume legal services. Last week the High Court of Kenya ruled against a government directive to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Sekhar v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that attempting to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute "the obtaining of property from another" under the Hobbs Act [18 USC § … [read more]

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