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Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] In his first interview since being released from prison to house arrest in August 2014, leading Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng told the Associated Press [AP report] that he was subject to torture. Zhisheng revealed that while he was held in a Chinese prison from 2010-14 he was tortured … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Friday announced [AP report] that eight of the ten men charged with the 2012 attack of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile] were acquitted of all charges by an anti-terrorism court in April. This information is a correction of the reported conviction [JURIST report] of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Pakistan anti-terrorism court in the Swat region sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile]. Yousafzai, then 15, was shot in the head [Al Jazeera report] on her school bus on her way … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Anjelica Violi of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Anjelica Violi, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the education of men and boys on female equality ...In the last six months the UN has gained newfound attention with its strong efforts to perpetuate the education of males on female equality and human rights. This … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Sarah Steers

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 elections, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Andrew Morgan

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch discusses the EU and human rights issues in China... This year will see a pair of quarter-century anniversaries of key political events in China and Europe: the remembrance in June of those who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre
 in Beijing … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] today urging EU leaders to publicly raise concerns about the diminishing support for human rights issues in China under President Xi Jinping [BBC profile]. HRW has taken action by writing letters to EU top officials Jose Manuel Barroso … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Tuesday called for [press release] a full investigation into the death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao was an influential human rights lawyer and activist in China who "tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society" in the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch says that the Chinese government must begin to consider the vehement demands of the people to reform...What is the difference between Xi Jinping and Xu Zhiyong? Both talk about fighting corruption, yet Xi is president of China, while Xu is now … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] on Sunday filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] alleging that UK government and military officials engaged in "systematic" war crimes during the war in Iraq. According to … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [official website], China's top legislature, passed a resolution Saturday easing the countries one-child population control policy. The major policy change is expected to be implemented [Xinhua report] gradually with the NPC entrusting provincial congresses and their standing committees to make … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Chinese government to drop all politically motivated charges against Xu Zhiyong [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and release the rights activist from prison. Xu, a prominent critic of China's one-party system and founder of the nongovernmental New … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A lawyer representing Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong said Friday that his client has been formally indicted for his role in a wave of protests against corruption within the Chinese government. Xu, founder of the New Citizen's Movement [WSJ backgrounder], was detained [JURIST report] five months ago after members of … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Beijing prosecutors on Monday said that they received from police a letter of recommendation to bring charges against Xu Zhiyong [BBC report; JURIST report] for disrupting public order. Xu was arrested in August for organizing demonstrations and campaigning for Chinese officials to reveal their wealth, in an attempt to … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday threw out charges against former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei [Al Jazeera profile]. ElBaradei, who served as vice president in the government set up by the military, stepped down in protest of the violence directed at protesters. It was this abandonment of his post that … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] China defended its human rights record to the UN on Tuesday, insisting it was abiding by its obligations and cooperating with inquiries. Last week a group of independent UN rights experts issued a report [JURIST report] expressing concern over harassment of activists for their attempts to participate in a … [read more]

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