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Legal News
3 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] North Korea last week executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri Young-gil served [Independent report] as the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un's army since August 2013. It is believed the relationship between … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday called on [statement] North Korea's government to stop violating international obligations after a missile launch conducted by the country. The launch, which the statement calls "deplorable," violates "relevant Security Council resolutions" according to Ban. He further reiterated his call on the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Iran has condemned the US for imposing new sanctions in connection with the country's missile defense program. The sanctions were imposed [NTY report] Sunday by the US Treasury Department [official website] against 11 companies and individuals connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program. According to officials in Iran, the missile system … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Iran agreed Saturday to release four US citizens in exchange for seven Iranians being held in the US for violating sanctions against Iran. Among the US citizens being released is Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian [advocacy website] who has been held since July 2014 and was convicted [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] legislation that would increase sanctions against North Korea for its continuation of nuclear testing. The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] amended the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act [HR 757, PDF] to include ways to prevent North Kore from … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Bangladesh and Russia signed a $12.65 billion nuclear power deal on Friday. The state-run Atomic Energy Commission [official site] collaborated with the Russian Government [official website] and Rosatom [official site] to cement the deal. Kamrul Islam Bhyian, spokesman for the Ministry of Science and Technology, [official site] stated [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court in Japan lifted an injunction on Thursday against allowing two nuclear reactors to reopen. Japan ordered closed all of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011. A group of residents filed an injunction to keep the nuclear reactors closed [JURIST report] in Takahama … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Iranian state news service on Sunday announced the sentencing [Washington Post report] of a Washington Post journalist to an unspecified prison term after he was convicted on charges that include espionage. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, announced the sentence of journalist Jason Rezaian … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

UN rights experts stated [press release] Wednesday that authorities in Iran [JURIST backgrounder] should cease arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression. UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmen Shaheed [official website] made the statements to the press as Iran … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A rise in defense spending and a lack of oversight in Middle Eastern and North African governments puts these nations in a high risk for defense corruption, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the Transparency International UK Defense and Security program [advocacy website]. Private sector involvement … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN released a report [materials] on Tuesday stating that Iran's human rights situation remains alarming despite the signing [JURIST report] of the nuclear deal earlier this month. The report, published by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A group of top Iranian jurists and theologians approved the nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, marking the completion of the last step before implementation of the deal may begin. The Iranian Parliament accepted [JURIST report] the nuclear agreement on Tuesday and moved the process on to the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 161-59, with 13 abstentions, to accept the nuclear agreement [text] that was introduced and agreed upon by world powers over the summer. Under the terms of the deal, Iran agrees to remove two-thirds of its centrifuges, ship all spent fuel from the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] on Monday convicted [WP report] Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], approximately two months [JURIST report] after the end of his trial. Rezaian was accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments and acting against national security. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The House of Councillors [official website], Japan's upper house of parliament, on Saturday approved a measure that allows Japan's Self Defense Forces to deploy troops abroad for the first time since World War II. The legislation passed the lower house [Al Jazeera report] of Japan in July. The law … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Two independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday offered support for recent measures [press release; UN backgrounder] by India and China to limit the use of the death penalty. In August, the Law Commission of India … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Chinese police announced Tuesday that they have arrested approximately 15,000 people in connection with alleged cyber crimes. Over 7,400 cyber crime related cases have been investigated across the country and they include online fraud, illegal sale of personal data, and hacking. The arrests [Reuters report] follow a special six-month … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Israeli rights group Shurat HaDin Law Center [official website] and two dozen Americans filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in an attempt to block the Obama administration from releasing an estimated $100 billion in frozen Iranian funds. The plaintiffs hold existing judgments against the country and claim [press release] that … [read more]

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