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Legal News
2 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Syrian government is systematically exterminating detainees, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. The report details [press release] that thousands of detainees held by the Syrian government have been beaten or have died as a result of injuries sustained … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International [advocacy website] (AI) warned [press release] Monday that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] is insufficiently equipped to handle dangers of instability and deadly violence to civilians in Central African Republic (CAR). AI's investigative report [text] describes how major gaps … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Sunday for Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgents to stop illegally confiscating aid [press release] to people in the besieged of Taiz. HRW claims that rebels have confiscated items including food, water, cooking gas and medical supplies. HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A court in India on Friday convicted [Indian Express report] six of the eight accused of gang raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student in the Kamduni village district of the state of West Bengal. The conviction comes after more than two-and-a-half years since the incident, which prompted strong public … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [opnion, PDF] Tuesday that part of an abortion law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who provide abortions is unconstitutional. Section A(2)(a) of Act 620 [text, PDF] mandates that a doctor have hospital admitting … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] over allegations of selling fetal tissue, instead indicting [indictments, PDF] two activists responsible for releasing videos that spurred the allegations. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that Center … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case regarding a North Dakota law that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks. The Abortion Control Act [text, PDF] was struck down by the district court … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, Egyptian authorities have spent the last week clamping down on dissidents in an effort to avoid further political unrest. At the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile], Egyptian security forces searched over 5,000 homes, seized activists … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that he is creating the first high-level panel to address women's economic empowerment initiatives. The panel's goal is to create a plan of action for nations and private sector businesses to implement in order to improve women's rights by achieving … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) [official website] forces and Kurdish militias are committing mass destruction in northern Iraq that may amount to war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Tuesday. AI claims that the KRG is leading an operation to burn, bomb and bulldoze homes … [read more]


Student Commentary
20 Jan 2016
by Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the ninth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Prager discusses the influence of the upcoming decision from NLRB regarding student athletes... The "student-athlete" … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday enacted [El Colombiano report, in Spanish] the Natalia Ponce Law, establishing acid attacks as a specific crime with harsh punishments. The punishments under the new law between 12 to 20 years in prison for a "simple" attack and between 20 to 30 years … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Thursday that the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria is a war crime [transcript]. According to Ban, UN teams have witnessed horrifying scenes of "the elderly and children, men and women, who were little more than skin and bones." Ban said, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against anti-abortion activists. The organization claims criminal misconduct by the activists who produced undercover videos [BBC report] discussing the handling and sale of fetal tissue at … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi [official website], a recent recipient of the prestigious European human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, has suffered fainting spells and deteriorating health [Sydney Morning Herald report] owing to the lengthy hunger strike he initiated more than 20 days ago. According to Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife … [read more]

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