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3 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus reported [press release] Tuesday that the country's dismal human rights conditions have remained unchanged since the October presidential election. Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur, reported human rights violations since the election that include harassment of those who attempted to practice their individual, civil, political … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted to preserve, within the constitution, a process for declaring a state of emergency following the deadly terrorist attacks [JURIST report] last year. The draft constitutional law, "Nation Protection, No. 3381" [text, in French] could allow for administrative detention … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] of the UK Parliament released a report [text, PDF] on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF; Guardian backgrounder] was intended to improve transparency after … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by William Helbling

The Israel Parliament [official website] on Monday approved [press release] the first reading of a non-governmental organizations (NGO) transparency bill that would require any NGO that receives foreign political funding must publish the contributions. The bill, which passed in a close vote of 50 - 43, would also require NGOs … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Maldives police arrested a judge and former prosecutor general on Sunday for issuing an arrest warrant for current president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official profile] without police consent. Yameen's spokesman identified [AP report] the arrested men as Judge Ahmed Nihan, a magistrate from near Male, and Muhthaz Muhsin, a … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

The international Venice Commission, a branch of the Council of Europe [official websites], began an investigation [press release] Monday into Poland's recent changes to its Constitutional Court [official website, in Polish]. The review was requested by Polish officials after the change in law in December resulted in street protests and … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Algerian Parliament on Sunday approved a package of constitutional reforms by a vote of 499-2, with 16 abstentions. The reforms include a two-term limit for the office of the president [Al Jazeera report] and recognition of the Amazigh language as an official language in Algeria. Amazigh is spoken … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Kenyan member of parliament (MP) on Friday evening called for all judges of the Kenyan Supreme Court [official website] to resign after it was recommended that a tribunal investigate Justice Philip Tunoi for allegedly accepting a Sh200 million bribe. MP Olago Aluoch of Kisumu West said [Daily Nation … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The Constitutional Court of Tajikistan [official website] has affirmed the legality of a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Tajikistan [text] that would allow the possibility of current President Emomali Rahmon [BBC profile] remaining president for life. The amendments were affirmed in late January and have a special provision naming … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] in a statement [press release] released on Friday urged all concerned countries to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice" scarring girls for life [UN news report], endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

French police have discriminated against Muslims residing in France under the state of emergency law [bill text, in French] imposed in November according to a report [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Prosecutor's Office of Sao Paulo has subpoenaed former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [BBC profile] as they investigate a possible money laundering scheme linked to the Petrobras [corporate website] scandal. Prosecutors in the Petrobras investigation allege that businesses paid a total of over USD $2 billion [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday announced a new set of actions his administration is taking in an effort to close the gender pay gap. Speaking with reporters, Obama chastised American business for paying women, on average, only 79 percent of comparable male earners, and stated, "[w]omen are not … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on the government of Myanmar Thursday to either repeal or amend [text] a law that could grant former presidents immunity from prosecution for human rights violations and crimes under international law. The outgoing Myanmar Parliament [official website, in Burmese] approved the Former Presidents Security … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved [press release, in French] a bill that will allow physicians to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death, opting not to extend the bill to cover physician-assisted suicide. Under the new law, patients will be able to request [AP report] "deep, continuous sedation altering consciousness … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]

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