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Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A UN rights expert on Wednesday called for [press release] a legally binding agreement at the national level in order to fight violence against women in member states and hold violators accountable. Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] urged the international community to take action, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four UN human rights experts on Tuesday stressed [press release] a need for greater international and national efforts to eliminate violence against displaced women. Noting substantial levels of violence perpetrated against the world's roughly 17 million conflict-displaced women, the UN's release came during the worldwide International Day for the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja [Human Rights First profile], remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago [AP report] when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja [press release] due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain [Al Jazeera report] and was charged with insulting the king … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Canada's House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [S-7 materials] that provides expanded investigative powers and criminal penalties for terrorism related matters. The short title of the bill is The Combating Terrorism Act. The legislation permits law enforcement to hold individuals suspected of terrorist activities for … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Bahrain lawyer Jassim Sarhan confirmed Tuesday that 13 pro-democracy activists were sentenced to 10 years in jail. The sentences [AP report] arise from attacks by the activists on police officers during recent protests. The activists are among dozens convicted of playing a role in the uprising. This sentence comes … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Two Bahraini human rights activists have intensified their hunger strike and are refusing fluids, according to a report [press release] released Monday by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy website]. According to the report Zainab al-Khawaja [HP profile] and her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain on Monday acquitted human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda [official Twitter] on charges of spreading false news to harm the country's security on Twitter [media website]. The human rights activist informed Reuters [Reuters report] that after he spent a month in jail, the court finally … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A court of appeals in Bahrain overturned the acquittal [BNA report] of Zainab al-Khawaja, who is accused of insulting a government employee, and sentenced her to three months of imprisonment on Friday, according to the Bahrain State New Agency (BNA). Al-Khawaja is the daughter of prominent Bahraini human rights … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The highest Bahraini appellate court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 prominent pro-democracy protestors convicted by military tribunal in 2011 on charges [charges, PDF] of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Bahrain's Court of Cassation rejected the appeals [AFP report] of the 13 activists, all part of a group … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that the country's controversial Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder] is constitutional, issuing a series of unanimous rulings that establish a definition of terrorism in the country's Criminal Code. In a 7-0 ruling, the court dismissed the appeal brought … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was sentenced Wednesday to two months in prison for tearing up a picture of the country's king, according to her lawyer. Mohammed al-Jishi condemned [AP report] the sentence as being too harsh, stating … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A civilian court in Bahrain upheld lengthy prison sentences for 20 opposition and human rights activists on Tuesday, including eight life sentences. The lesser prison terms upheld ranged between five and 12 years [AP report], and seven of the activists were convicted in absentia. The activists are accused of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy website] reported Friday that Zainab Al-Khawaja, the daughter of jailed pro-democracy activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was detained [press release] Thursday by Bahraini police after protesting alone in Al Qadam. The BCHR alleged that Al-Khawaja was subject to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Bahraini authorities have brought charges against 15 police officers for alleged "mistreatment of inmates in custody," according to a press release [text] by the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) [official website]. The charges were brought after the government received 11 complaints about police activity. In the statement, Nawaf Hamza, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive] was released on Wednesday after spending three weeks in prison. Rajab was arrested [JURIST report] on June 6 for posting critical comments about Bahrain's government on his social media page. Prior to this last arrest, Rajab was arrested and released … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Bahraini authorities have released an 11-year-old detainee who was imprisoned for nearly a month, his lawyer told reporters on Tuesday. Ali Hasan Alqudaihi was arrested on May 14 for allegedly attending an illegal gathering [CNN report]. The boy was accused of deliberately blocking traffic with several other individuals. The … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Monday began reviewing the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The review will mainly focus on the constitutionality of the term "terrorist activity" in the Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder]. The defense lawyer argued that the motive … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested and returned to prison on Wednesday after posting critical comments about the government on his social media page, according to his lawyer. This is not the first time Rajab has been arrested in connection with comments posted to his Twitter [website] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Justice Ministry of Bahrain on Sunday announced that it would file a lawsuit seeking to ban the Islamic party known as the Islamic Action Society, or Amal, a party composed of mostly Shiite Muslims who have been critical of the monarchy. Reports on Monday indicated that the Ministry … [read more]

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