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2 Nov 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

A major challenge for the international response to climate change is the allocation of responsibility between industrialized and developing countries for remediation and mitigation. While industrialized countries like the United States have a history of emitting greenhouse gases and are considered responsible for a bulk of historical climate change, developing … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Fiji's draft constitution does not adequately protect basic human rights [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] also released a statement on Wednesday calling on Fiji to revise its draft constitution [press release] to include protections for freedom of speech, assembly … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The High Court of Fiji [official website] on Tuesday found Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the country's last democratically-elected prime minister, guilty of nine counts of corruption under the Fiji Penal Code [text]. Suva Court Justice Priyantha Fernando's ruling [Fiji Sun report] upholds the findings of a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2012
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile] announced [text] Sunday that the nation's state of emergency laws will be lifted this week to facilitate a nationwide consultation process for a new constitution. The announcement was cautiously welcomed by longtime regional critics [Sydney Morning Herald report], Australia … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Fijian opposition leader Mahendra Chaudry was arrested by military authorities Friday for allegedly holding public meetings in violation of regulations imposed by the military government of Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile]. Chaudry, a former prime minister who lost power in a coup in 2000, is … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act [HR 3714 materials], aimed at promoting worldwide press freedom and drawing attention to countries where journalists are threatened, harmed, or censored. The law requires the secretary of state to submit … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Journalism rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website] released a report [text; press release] Monday listing 40 "Predators of Press Freedom" throughout the world. The list includes several prominent politicians and groups including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Spain's … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] International rights organizations voiced concern Tuesday about a draft media law [text, PDF] the Fijian government is slated to approve in the near future. The Media Industry Development Decree 2010 includes several provisions that could result in the imprisonment of journalists for up to five years and stiff fines. … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Fiji High Court sentenced eight men to prison terms ranging from three to seven years for plotting the assassination of the leader of the country's military government on Friday. The sentencing judge, Justice Paul Madigan chastised the men [BBC report] for their greed and racial motivations in the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Mar 2010

Claire Kaplun [Public Information Officer, UN Human Rights Council]: "The Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council is an innovative mechanism under which each of the United Nations 192 Member States is periodically (once every four years) reviewed. At this occasion, the fulfillment of the concerned country's obligations and … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates issued a statement [text] on Sunday criticizing the Australian and New Zealand governments for placing travel restrictions on Fijian officials including the judiciary. The controversy began [New Zealand Herald report] last month when a Fijian judge was granted an expedited visa from the New … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Commonwealth of Nations [official website] on Tuesday suspended [press release] the island nation of Fiji [JURIST news archive] from its organization because it failed to meet the September 1 deadline for reinstating a constitutional democracy and opening a national dialogue following its December 2006 military coup [JURIST report]. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The government of Fiji is seeking foreign judges to replace judicial officers whose appointments were revoked after an April suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution, according to a Sunday report [text] from Sri Lanka's Sunday Times. Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates interviewed candidates in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced [press release] plans to establish a new constitution by September 2013. Bainimarama said that the new constitution would be in place at least one year prior to the elections planned for September 2014 … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Tuesday added Chad, Eritrea, Malaysia, Niger, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to its list of countries with the worst human trafficking records in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 [materials; introduction, PDF]. The countries join Burma, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Niger, North … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Britain's High Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that military veterans involved in nuclear tests have the right to sue the Ministry of Defense (MOD) [official website] for injuries resulting from exposure to radiation. The tests carried out by the British Government in Australia and on … [read more]

Legal News
26 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Representatives of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA) [official websites] said Monday that the Fijian government's plan to take over the issuance of legal licenses threatens to disrupt the rule of law in the country. In a decree [text, PDF] issued Friday, … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Pacific Islands Forum [official website] on Saturday suspended [press release] Fiji's membership in the 16-nation bloc after Fiji's current military government failed to meet a May 1 deadline to schedule elections. Niue Premier and Forum Chairman Toke Talagi [official profile] said that the suspension stemmed from Fiji's recent … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said Friday that the government would name new judges [RNZ audio] to replace those discharged following the suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] two weeks ago. Speaking to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Khaiyum said that … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] to reinstate dismissed judges and lift media restrictions imposed after Iloilo suspended [JURIST report] the country's constitution. Pillay said that the 5-year interim government declared by Iloilo … [read more]

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