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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]


Legal News
23 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], in a letter [text] sent on Friday, called on Ukrainian authorities to end intimidation tactics against those allegedly the victim of police violence. The letter detailed concerns surrounding the treatment of two groups of protesters. The groups were protesting on November 30 at … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday commuted [press release] the sentences of eight inmates currently serving lengthly prison terms for crack cocaine offenses, citing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) [text, PDF]. The FSA reduced significant disparities in convictions of drug offenses related to crack cocaine and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez [official profile] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] over the conditions in Ghana [UN backgrounder] prisons. After visiting several prisons around the country, reviewing studies, and speaking with prison employees and inmates, Mendez concluded that the state of prisons in the country amounts to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website] ruled in an unreleased decision on Wednesday that a constitutional amendment and pursuant statute [text, PDF] expanding the military justice system is unconstitutional. Magistrate Jorge Ivan Palacio announced [AP report] that the decision was based on "procedural defects" within the law. The … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Colombian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled [press release, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a measure to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offenses. In January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ordered Italy to address the problem [JURIST report] within … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Amnesty International on Thursday called on the Ukrainian government to investigate police abuses [report; press release] and strengthen mechanisms to hold police accountable for brutality and torture. In a report, AI alleged that reports of police abuse and torture have been widely ignored. The rights group encouraged the Ukrainian … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website; BBC profile] signed a decree [press release] on Sunday pardoning Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister and a close ally of the imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive]. Lutsenko was serving a four-year sentence on charges of abuse … [read more]

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