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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved a resolution [text] authorizing the creation of political peace mission in Colombia to monitor the disarmament between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). The mission is to last 12 months, and a team … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Egyptian officials released human rights activist and journalist Hossam Bahgat on Tuesday after he signed a statement [Mada Masr report] promising to abide by legal procedures when reporting on matters concerning the Armed Forces. The statement also says he was not under physical or mental harm when signing. He was … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Fourteen members of Parliament in Vanuatu were sentenced to prison Thursday for bribery. Thirteen politicians reportedly accepted bribes [BBC report] of 35 million vatu (USD $312,000) from Deputy Prime Minister Moana Caracasses of the opposing party last year in exchange for their support in a vote of no confidence. … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Vanuatu authorities arrested 11 lawmakers on Saturday who had last week pardoned themselves of their corruption convictions while the president was away from the country. The arrests [AP report] came as President Baldwin Lonsdale [BBC profile] revoked the pardons [Guardian report] of the 14 lawmakers who have been convicted … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The EU has not done enough to address media abuses in Hungary, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] said in a report [materials] Tuesday. The international free press advocacy group stated in its report "Balancing Act" that, despite the EU's efforts to be a global leader in … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [BBC profile] pardoned two Al Jazeera journalists Wednesday who had been sentenced [JURIST report] in late August for releasing video footage that allegedly contained false news in support of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder]. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, along with nearly 100 other … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday granted [statement, video] commuted sentences to 46 drug offenders in what he said was part of an effort by his administration to remedy the unfairness of the criminal justice system. In his statement, Obama noted that the majority of the men … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The UN torture prevention body on Wednesday urged the Philippines to tackle urgent prison overcrowding [press release] issues and improve independent monitoring of detention facilities. During a visit by the six-member delegation, the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Filipino … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] announced [press release] that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [JURIST news archive] announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [press release] detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law [Law 1448, text, in Spanish] in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] adopted a law [materials, in French] Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday agreed to create a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in the last five decades of the country's conflict. During negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC agreed [Al Jazeera report] to … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation [Haaretz backgrounder] approved a bill on Sunday that would allow Israel's courts to impose restrictions the president's ability to pardon murderers. The stated purpose of the bill [Haaretz report] is to prevent diplomatic overtures and "prisoner swapping," which is the exchange of hostages or … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Nepalese lawmakers [official website] passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes [AFP report] two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war crimes, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a report [text, PDF] on Friday stating that illegal armed groups have caused hundreds of people to flee Colombia's main Pacific port of Buenaventura in the past two years. Historically, illegal guerrilla groups within Colombia have been concentrated within the rural areas … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive]. The five … [read more]

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