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15 hours ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] on Wednesday called [press release] for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday condemned [press release] the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) [official website] joined in sending an open letter [text, PDF] Monday urging the US government to shut down the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay on its fourteenth anniversary. The letter mentioned the recent steps by … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday said that the Thai government should fully investigate [press release] the whereabouts of at least 82 people listed as disappeared, and criminalize forced disappearance through legislation. Included on the list of disappeared is lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

[JURIST] Hundreds gathered in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city Friday to protest [Reuters report], the day after a Thai court sentenced two Myanmar migrant workers to death for the 2014 murders of two British tourists. The verdict resulted from a trial built around DNA evidence that linked the two workers to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [[advocacy website] on Thursday called for [AI report] a thorough investigation into torture allegations levied against the police responsible for the arrests of two men in relation to the Koh Tao murders. The men, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, were found guilty Thursday of the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina was formally charged by prosecutors on Wednesday following the investigation into the corruption scandal that led to his resignation. Prosecutor Francisco Sandoval said [AP report] that Pérez Molina is suspected of illicit association, customs fraud and bribery. Pérez Molina was jailed [JURIST report] pending … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

Although hostilities have significantly declined in Ukraine, "serious human rights concerns persist," the UN said [press release] Wednesday in a new report [text, DOC]. The UN attributes this decrease in hostility to the August 26 ceasefire [Reuters report], as certain weapons were withdrawn. However, civilians are still reportedly at risk … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A UN humans rights expert on Friday urged [press release] the government of Honduras to increase its efforts to put a stop to an "internal displacement epidemic" caused by organized and gang violence throughout the country, as well as a failing criminal justice system. Special Rapporteur on the Human … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that a proposed provision [HRW report] in Thailand's constitution would permit the nation's military to commit human rights abuses without fear of punishment in violation of international treaties. A new constitutional provision before Thailand's legislative body, known as the the junta … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Transparency International [advocacy website] and the UNCAC Coalition [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Mongolian parliament [official website] to veto a new bill that contains provisions granting amnesty to individuals being investigated for corruption. They argue that the passage of this law would allow for 45 out … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive], labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation [El Periódico report, in Spanish] on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an investigation and then the trial … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive] sent a letter [El Periodico materials, in Spanish] to both the Guatemalan congress and reporters early Thursday announcing his resignation and his intention to "stand before justice." The congress has called an emergency session [Prensa Libre report, in Spanish] to meet … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's congress on Monday stripped President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity by a unanimous vote of the 132 members who were present. This vote allows prosecutors to go after the president for corruption allegations. Pérez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused of taking millions of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's Supreme Court on Tuesday approved prosecutors' requests to impeach President Otto Perez Molina for corruption allegations, despite the president having immunity from prosecution. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused [AFP report] of taking millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for keeping low import … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, despite accusations of corruption from the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website] and widespread protests in the nation calling for his resignation. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A UN report published Friday found that the Sudanese government has failed to address human rights violations in Darfur. The report [text, PDF], based on information provided by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website], details widespread human rights violations and "endemic impunity." UNAMID reported that … [read more]

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