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Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Former Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges relating to the 2009 killing of three prisoners [JURIST report] which he oversaw. The prisoners were detained in 2009 for protesting against former President Mahmous Ahmedinejad's [BBC profile] disputed re-election - an issue that drew significant global criticism … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Iraq's Parliament [official website] on Sunday warned that the UN decision to close many of the country's health clinics will have a "profound effect" on its people. The parliament announced that the decision will affect over 3 million refugees [Rudaw report] within the country and at least half a … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported [AFP report] that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive]. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency [official website] reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [Freedom Now backgrounder], has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page [in Arabic] Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video [YouTube video, in Arabic] posted online showing Sotoudeh giving … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

International efforts to rebuild postwar Iraq generated a breadth of legal issues. Following reconstruction investments were often managed by US-based entities, and most legal claims and disputes that arose involved American citizens. Many of the prominent reconstruction disputes arose from the awarding of US government service contracts to American firms. … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor on Thursday ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders were inciting supporters to overthrow the country's president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], which amounts to treason. The investigations are against Mohammed El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the UN nuclear … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Feldman of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law says that there is a growing trend in the UK to hold government actors responsible for violations of international law in the national courts, which should result in more transparent and open government policies...One of the most … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian], is also forbidden … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court on Wednesday sentenced opposition figure and former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi to eight years in prison for attempting to act against national security. Yazdi was also banned from civic activities for five years [AFP report] in the closed-door trial reportedly held in early November. … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A UK appeals court on Tuesday ruled [judgment text] that a special commission charged with investigating the alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians in British-controlled detention facilities between March 2003 and December 2008 lacks independence. The Court of Appeals ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox [official website] to reconsider his refusal … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A UN official on Saturday expressed concern regarding the lack of transparency in an inquiry by the UK into allegations that its secret services were complicit in torture of detainees in the aftermath of 9/11. The UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has doubts as to whether the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A three-year probe into abuse of military detainees in Iraq was finalized Thursday with the release of a report that found numerous British soldiers were involved in specific episodes of abuse of Iraqi citizens. The independent inquiry was led by retired judge William Gage and focused on the detention … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison and banned from working as a lawyer and a teacher for 10 years after being convicted of seeking to overthrow the government. He had represented [AP report] some of the activists involved in the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Justice Ministry of Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] announced Saturday that the government will be take action to lift the ban on the leading opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society [website]. The leftist opposition party, known as Waad and aligned with the largest Shi'ite opposition group, was shut down … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] and their wives were arrested [Kaleme post, in Persian] and jailed in Heshamatiyeh prison on Monday, according to Mousavi's website Kaleme [website, in Persian]. Judicial authorities denied the arrest [Fars News … [read more]

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