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Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a bill seeking to ban the dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships. The council found [HRC press release] the bill contained poor wording and incorrect formulation, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) [advocacy website], but it could be … [read more]

7 May 2014
by Neil Devlin

Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious dignity. Others nations express narrower, more … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Feb 2014

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses some of the alleged human rights abuses occurring in connection with preparations for international sporting events ...As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia draw to a close, many eyes are on the athletes competing for the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Two members of the feminist rock group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder, JURIST news archive], Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were released from prison on Monday after the Russian government's approval of sweeping new amnesty laws [414081-6, 414076-6, 414060-6, 414142-6 texts, PDF, in Russian]. The laws were approved unanimously by … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Wednesday expressed concern [statement; press release] about excessive detention and lack of legal assistance in Brazil, after a ten day visit to the country. The group found that Brazil regularly detains individuals for minor criminal offenses, and some … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday approved the first reading of a bill that would ban the promotion of homosexuality among children. The bill, if passed, would likely ban any event in Russia that promotes gay rights [BBC report]. The bill would also impose stiff … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A dissident Chinese poet was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment on Monday on charges of contract fraud. Li Bifing was sentenced [AFP report] by the Shehong County Court in China's Sichuan province, according to a lawyer. Li previously served five years in jail [AP report] for his involvement … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday sentenced a former aide to ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [BBC profile] to over 10 years of imprisonment for his involvement in a vote-buying scheme. Jose Dirceu, Lula's former chief of staff, was convicted of using public … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] upheld the Arkhangelsk region's ban on "gay propaganda" on Thursday, but ruled that gay pride parades and other demonstrations in support of gay rights are legal. According to the court, the ban applies only to direct appeals to minors to … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Singapore [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that a man charged with gross indecency under a provision of the penal code criminalizing sexual acts between men can proceed with a constitutional challenge against the law in court. Known as Section 377A [AFP report], the … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists filed a lawsuit against Russian authorities Monday in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. The founders of Pride House in Sochi filed the lawsuit seeking €200,000 [Interfax report] over the Russian Justice Ministry's refusal to register Pride House for … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Chinese intermediate court on Friday dismissed fraud charges against Ni Yulan, a human rights lawyer with disabilities, resulting in a two-month reduction to her two-year and eight-month sentence while upholding convictions against the lawyer for causing a disturbance. Ni had assisted victims of government land seizures [Guardian report], … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, to two years and eight months in prison on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was also sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges. Ni and her … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, and her husband, Dong Jiqin, went on trial Thursday on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Lying on a stretcher and relying on an oxygen machine [AP report], Ni pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud for falsifying facts … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more than three years in prison after he made public [JURIST reports] … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A UK court began inquests Monday into the July 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST report; JURIST news archive] that killed 52 people and injured 700 others. Lady Justice Hallett is presiding over the inquests [Guardian report] with the victims' families to determine whether each death was the result of … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] South Korean officials announced Monday that President Lee Myung-bak [official website] plans to pardon former Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [JURIST news archive] on tax fraud charges he was convicted of in 2008. Lee had faced a suspended three-year prison term after an additional breach of … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo was tried Wednesday on charges of inciting subversion. The trial lasted only two hours and was closed to foreign diplomats. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors formerly charged prominent rights activist Liu Xiaobo on Saturday with inciting subversion. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter 08 [text], a petition calling for political reforms in the country. Liu … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The UK's Chief Inspectorate of Constabulary [official website] Wednesday released a report [PDF] critical of the manner in which British law enforcement handled protesters at the G20 summit held in London in April. The report also detailed a number of proposals to deal with future protester gatherings, including more … [read more]

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