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27 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Germany's Karlsruhe court [official website, in German] ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament [official website] is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled [BBC report] by … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Trial began in Germany Monday for Beate Zschaepe, a neo-Nazi member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), for alleged complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings and 15 bank robberies. Her two … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Austrian court convicted three neo-Nazis on Thursday of glorifying Nazism over the Internet, sentencing them to as many as nine years in prison. Neo-Nazi leader Gottfried Kuessel was sentenced [AP report] to nine years in prison for creating the Alpen-Donau website, which promotes Nazism. Kuessel spent time in … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Chile enacted an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the March beating death of a young gay man in a Santiago park. The hate crime bill [materials, in Spanish], which had been tied up in Congress for seven years after being originally introduced by ex-president Ricardo Lagos, was signed into law … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The Chilean House of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] passed an anti-discrimination law [press release, in Spanish] on Wednesday in response to the killing of a 24-year-old gay man, Daniel Zamudio, by a group of alleged neo-Nazis in Santiago, Chile. The lawmakers passed the law by a vote of … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged the Chilean government to pass a new law [statement] aimed to protect its citizens from discrimination based on their sexual and gender identities. Spokesperson for the OHCHR, Rupert Colville, released the statement in response … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Friday overturned the convictions of four individuals charged with distributing neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] propaganda. The four men were convicted [DPA report] and sentenced to up to three and a half years in prison by a court in Barcelona … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Russian officials to reform institutions to protect the rule of law [news release] in Russia. Pillay claimed that the Russian people do not trust government institutions, in part because of the ongoing harassment of journalists and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 14 neo-Nazis [JURIST news archive], including a group leader and several teenagers, to jail terms for committing hate crimes against ethnic minorities in the country. The group leader, 22-year-old Dmitry Orlov, was sentenced to life imprisonment [AP report] for planning hate crimes as … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A German appeals court announced Wednesday that the government's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) [official website, in German] will be permitted to continue surveillance of members of the country's Left [Spiegel backgrounder] political party. The decision overturned a lower court ruling [The Local report], which … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2009
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court announced [press release, in German] Tuesday that it upheld [text, in German] legislation prohibiting public support and justification of the Nazi regime. The ruling, made earlier this month, means that neo-Nazis are forbidden from assembling for the purposes of of approving, glorifying or justifying … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Russian human rights group the SOVA Center [advocacy website] announced Thursday that the number of Russian hate crimes rose slightly in 2008 over 2007 levels, with 97 people killed and 525 wounded. According to the deputy head of SOVA Galina Kozhevnikova higher conviction rates for hate crimes [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Serbian police arrested 56 neo-Nazis for protesting the potential independence of Kosovo from Serbia [JURIST news archives] despite a ban against their planned demonstration, Serbian police said Monday. The arrests were made after fighting broke out Sunday between the neo-Nazis protesters and a group of anti-fascists, who were holding … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Israeli police have arrested a gang of neo-Nazis [JURIST news archive] accused of attacking foreigners, homosexuals and Jewish people last month, according to weekend media reports. Each member of the gang, comprised of eight young men between the ages of 16-21, are Israeli citizens who immigrated to Israel from … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The Ku Klux Klan [JURIST news archive] is experiencing "a surprising and troubling resurgence" largely on the issue of Hispanic immigration, according to a report [summary text] released [press release] Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) [advocacy website]. In addition to exploiting fears of non-white immigration, the KKK is … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Israeli police have detained a group of around 20 young neo-Nazis who originally immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. The group was discovered after police last month arrested one of the young men [JURIST report], a soldier in the Israeli army, on drug charges and discovered neo-Nazi … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile in French; Wikipedia profile] has called on French lawmakers to back a new proposal to break up all neo-Nazi groups numbering some 3,000 in France. De Villepin said the groups were responsible for 65 acts of violence in 2004. The minister … [read more]

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