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Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez [official profile], called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners [backgrounder] in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website]. The revised Rules include … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A military court in Gambia secretly sentenced three soldiers to death on Monday for an attempted coup d'état, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Wednesday. Three other soldiers were sentenced to life in prison. All media was banned from observing the proceedings. AI claims the death sentences … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] fined blogger Alex Au of the website Yawning Bread [website] 8,000 Singapore dollars (USD $5,845) on Thursday for contempt of court. Au faces charges over comments he made in 2013 concerning the timing of two cases involving sexual acts between same-sex individuals. … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) [official website] to stabilize areas that have … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Two men have been charged [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US with conspiring to help overthrow the government of The Gambia. According to the complaint, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal traveled last month from the US to The Gambia to participate in a coup attempt while Gambian President … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday expressed [press release] "principled condemnation" of an attempted coup in Gambia earlier this week, urging respect for the rule of law. On Tuesday morning gunfire erupted [BBC report] near the presidential palace in Banjul. Gambia President Yahya Jammeh returned to the … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Gambia [press release] for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh [BBC profile] signed into law a bill [JURIST report] which imposes a sentence of life … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced [press release]. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) [official website] on Saturday reported [press release] that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Thursday praised [speech text] the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] stating that "[e]nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of the Republic of Singapore, the appellate division of the Supreme Court of Singapore [official website], on Tuesday ruled [judgment, PDF] that a national law criminalizing male homosexuality conforms with the city-state's constitution [text]. Three homosexual men brought the case [Straits Times report] against the … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize [AP report] same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Gambia's National Assembly [official website] passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The bill will become … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles C. Jalloh, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Kenya's opting to withdraw from the International Criminal Court poses major risks for minimal gain ...On September 5, 2013, a majority of Kenya's National Assembly voted in favor of a motion, introduced by the … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] and several other international human rights groups on Monday urged [press release] South Sudan to join the majority of UN members that have abolished the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. In particular, the groups recommended that the country abandon the punishment "in law or … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website; press release] on Friday urged the government of Gambia to allow time for seven men facing execution to make the maximum use of the appellate process after the Gambia Supreme Court [official website] upheld their convictions for treason. Because the court's ruling was handed … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The World Bank [official website] announced [press release] Friday that former International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [JURIST news archive] will audit an investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh (ACC) [official website] into whether there are corrupt officials involved in the Padma Multipurpose Bridge … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] announced Friday that he will implement an indefinite moratorium on executions due to "numerous appeals." The international community was very critical of Jammeh when he executed nine prisoners [JURIST report] last month after vowing to execute all death row inmates by the middle … [read more]

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