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Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Demonstrators in Nepal gathered Monday to protest the country's new constitution [legislative materials, in Nepali], which was promulgated on Sunday. The constitution was signed and announced [Asia Times report] by Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, who was applauded by members of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal [official website] in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The new Constitution of Nepal [legislative materials, in Nepali] was approved by the Constituent Assembly of Nepal [official website] on Wednesday after years of debate. The original 2010 completion date [JURIST report] was repeatedly delayed due to international and domestic criticism for failures to protect fundamental rights. Despite continued … [read more]


Features
14 Sep 2015
by Christopher Dellana

After years of prevailing social, political and economic difficulties, the people of Iran deposed their king, elevated a clerical exile to the seat of power and ushered in a new era: this was the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The king, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, was the figurehead for the country's … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Sunday that the Swazi government is continuing to use repressive laws as a way of silencing those opposed to the government and suppressing freedom of expression. AI made these statements on the day of the forty-seventh anniversary of Swaziland's independence, noting … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy [official website] against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. The report was originally published in Reuters [media website] in … [read more]


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

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
1 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty [AP report] of five counts of of lèse majesté [BBC backgrounder], with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste [BBC backgrounder] laws. Chansuksai was arrested [Reuters report] for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC profile] in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed [Bangkok Post … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Thailand Criminal Court on Monday sentenced two activists to 30 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the country's strict lese-majeste laws [BBC backgrounder]. The two activists [Bloomberg report] are a 24-year old female and 27-year-old male who were involved in a play called "The Wolf Bride" … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq [GU Berkley Center Backgrounder] to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] filed the lawsuit [JURIST report] in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed [AP report] the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The action … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused [AFP report] of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used primarily … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] expressed concern [press release] Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for investigation … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The public prosecutor's office of the government of Bahrain [official website] said Thursday that the country's most senior opposition leader and one of his aides will be charged for holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the office of the US Secretary of State [official website]. The … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Spanish lawmakers [official website] on Thursday approved controversial new legal protections for former king Juan Carlos after he lost his total immunity when he abdicated the throne last week. After leaving the throne [JURIST report] for his heir, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos left himself open to possible legal … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The lower house of the Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], Spain's national legislative body, overwhelmingly approved a law [text, PDF, in Spanish] Wednesday recognizing the abdication of King Juan Carlos and allowing for his son Prince Felipe [BBC profiles] to take his place. Following Juan Carlos's abdication on … [read more]

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