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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] was cleared of corruption charges by the Attorney General on Tuesday. The Attorney General's Office [official website] announced that the USD $681 million in Razak's personal bank account that was previously alleged to be from a state investment fund were actually discovered … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday announced [UN report] that, in response to the unique prejudice and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face, it has implemented a new effort [press release] to train humanitarian workers on the protection of minority rights. The … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted on Tuesday to pass a law granting transgender people the right to change their gender on legal documents. The new law was approved [AFP Report] by 282 of 366 law makers after the National Assembly's Standing Committee submitted [Thanh Nien News report] a report on a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] President Obama, on Sunday, ordered an assessment of whether intelligence reports from US Central Command (Centcom) [official website] were changed by supervisory military personnel before formal submission to present a more optimistic picture of the American military campaign against the Islamic State (IS). Over the last few weeks, the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The West Jakarta District Court of Indonesia sentenced two drug smugglers to death after the National Narcotics Agency found them trafficking methamphetamine into the country. The 1,900 pound shipment was the largest quantity of meth ever confiscated in Indonesia, worth approximately USD $116.8 million. Hong Kong syndicate leader Wong … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 [official websites] in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a federal complaint … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has determined that the imprisonment of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile] was political and has urged his immediate release, according to a copy of their report released Monday by Anwar's family. Anwar was sentenced [JURIST report] in March … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] in The Hague ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between the Philippines and China over parts of the South China Sea. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The government of Malaysia is abusing broad, vaguely worded laws to jail its critics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. Before reelection, Prime Minister Najib Razak [BBC profile] promised to support political rights by repealing the Sedition Act, which, according to HRW, began to be … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Indonesian province of Aceh has begun to enforce a law [BBC report] based on Sharia law [BBC backgrounder] which bans homosexual sex as well as adultery. Both locals and foreigners may now be punished with "100 strokes of the cane" upon proof that they engaged in an outlawed liaison. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Following a landmark settlement allowing transgender inmates to receive sex-reassignment surgery [LAT report], California prison officials on Tuesday announced [AP report] the criteria inmates must meet to qualify for the surgery. Seeking to standardize the process, California prison officials will require that mental health professionals refer the inmates for … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Death row inmates in Indonesia have been denied the right to counsel, beaten and coerced into confessions, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. The country has executed 14 prisoners since President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] took office in October 2014, all for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] criticized [press release] the Malaysia Federal Court [official website] on Thursday for overturning a prior ruling that declared a discriminatory transgender law unconstitutional. The November 2014 ruling by the Putrajaya Court of Appeal reviewed Section 66 of the Sharia, or Islamic law, that prohibited … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A dozen Pacific Rim nations, including the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a historic regional trade pact that links 40 percent of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest such accord in history, will provide uty-free trade [Bloomberg report] on most goods while … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorneys for a Maryland transgender inmate said Thursday that their client had won [opinion, PDF] relief under the Prison Rape Elimination Act [text], marking the first such successful challenge. The inmate, Sandy Brown, claimed that guards called her "it" and "some kind of animal" while encouraging her to kill … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the Department of Justice [official website], announced [press release]on Thursday, that the Department of Justice will fund a 44 million dollar grant to fight human trafficking me. The funds will support the actual fight against human trafficking, support victims, and expand research for human … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a transgender immigrant was protected from being deported to Mexico under the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) [text]. Edin Avendano-Hernandez petitioned the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) [official website] to withhold removal to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday that they believe they have found parts of a Buk missile system in Eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last July [BBC backgrounder]. Despite the fact that the plane crash killed all 298 people on-board, no physical evidence has been … [read more]

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