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Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Hungarian appeals court on Monday ordered the retrial of Bela Biszku [JURIST news archive], a high-ranking leader of the Hungarian Communist Party, who was convicted for war crimes following the 1956 uprising [BBC report]. The intermediate court found that the verdict rendered at trial was "unfounded" and "not … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, called on the countries of the world Wednesday to focus [press release] on human rights struggles of the Roma people and to take action to end discrimination and racism. Wednesday marks International Roma Day. Izsák urged nations to protect minority … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A 94-year-old man will stand trial in Germany for 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations of serving in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. Prosecutors stated [BBC report] that the man was a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in an SS hospital … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure [text, PDF] in March 2014. This measure was created to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Hungary's ruling party declared [press release, in Hungarian] Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party [party website, in Hungarian] parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Hungary must end its crackdown of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] in a new report [text, PDF] Monday. The report claims that the Hungarian government has engaged in "public smearing, criminal investigations, office raids and the seizure of equipment, and a politically … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court said Monday that a 93-year-old man dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" will stand trial on charges that he was an accessory to the killing of 300,000 people. Oskar Groening, an SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp, claims he viewed many atrocities at the facility but … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court on Tuesday threw out a case against a former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. German prosecutors claim that Cologne resident Werner C. was part of a firing squad that killed 25 men … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Nazi-hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website] Efraim Zuroff told [BBC report] the BBC Monday that he is certain that wanted Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner died in Syria four years ago. Zuroff said that new information from a former German secret service agent indicates that … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Romani children are continuing to be placed in special needs schools by Czech authorities, despite a European Court of Human Rights [official website] decision [text], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Thursday. The case was decided over seven years ago, and involved a group of primary-school Roma children … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban [BBC profile] on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote [Guardian report] on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Monday charged a 93-year-old former Waffen SS volunteer with aiding in the murder of at least 300,000 people during his time as a volunteer at Auschwitz. The man is accused of helping collect money stolen from the disposed luggage of inmates and transferring it to the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US officials on Tuesday arrested [criminal complaint] 89-year-old Johann Breyer on charges that he was a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Breyer has admitted to serving at Auschwitz but claims that his service was involuntary and that he did not take part in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Jun 2014
by Angelique Devaux of Indiana University

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux discusses the harmonization of law in the European Union and the Franco-German Agreement of Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime... In a time when Europe is experiencing economic crisis for several years and developed an identity crisis marked by the boost of Eurosceptics at the recent … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that Pennsylvania's mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges is constitutional. A group of four judges from across the state, including Judges Benjamin Lerner and John Herron of Philadelphia, Leonard Zito of Northampton County … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating the scourge of anti-Roma violence." … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Lebanon's parliament [official website, in Arabic] passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered [AFP report] by the death of multiple woman [AP report] allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday dropped the case against 92-year-old Siert Bruins [JURIST news archive], a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS. Prosecutors had accused Bruins of executing [NYT report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at … [read more]

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