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Legal News
21 hours ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would have created a new tribunal to prosecute those involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine last July. The new tribunal was introduced [UN News Centre report] to create a larger technical … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] fired Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail [official website] on Tuesday on news that Patail was investigating him on corruption charges. The charges include documents that allegedly money from the state investment fund went into Razak's personal accounts. Razak also announced that Deputy … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Over 60 South Koreans were indicted [press release] Wednesday in an investigation into corruption involving defense procurement projects. Of the indicted individuals, two are former navy chiefs of staff, 10 are current or former military generals, one is a former vice minister, and many more are businessmen and brokers. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Two major opposition parties in Malaysia on Sunday called for an emergency sitting of parliament in order to discuss the future of the country's prime minister. A police report has also been lodged against Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website] by many opposition members, including representatives [Reuters report] of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Thailand's Department of Special Investigation [official website] announced [press release, in Thai] Wednesday that they have arrested two men accused of playing a significant role in a human trafficking ring. The two men were allegedly part of a group that kidnapped workers and sold them as slaves to fishing boat … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The State Administrative Court of Jakarta [official website, in Indonesian] on Monday denied the clemency appeal of a French citizen sentenced to death on a drug trafficking charge. The appeal of Serge Atlaoui was an effort to reverse the original clemency denial made by President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement [text] Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting on ships, they have … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad [Jakarta Post report] were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for recruiting seven others to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website, in Indonesian] has agreed to hear a last minute appeal by two condemned drug smugglers known as the "Bali Nine Pair" [ABC profile]. The pair's legal representative said [Daily Mail report] Monday that the court has agreed to hear the appeal. The pair … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Indonesia notified nine convicted of drug traffickers--four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia--that their executions will be carried out within 72 hours. The executions will be carried out by firing squad [AP report] in Besi prison on Nusakambangan … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Parliament of Malaysia [official website, in Malay] on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law [BBC backgrounder] banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law [press release], known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act [Malaysian Insider report]. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed [AP report] by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Monday rejected the appeals of two Australians on death row for drug smuggling. The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are known leaders of the Bali Nine [Guardian backgrounder] narcotics organization. They filed appeals [JURIST report] after President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] rejected their … [read more]

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