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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday that satellite images show five possible mass graves in Buringa, Burundi, which may be connected to last month's infamous massacre. On December 11, security forces killed [Newsweek report] at least 87 armed protesters who stormed military barracks in the capital … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

An Indiana legislative committee approved a bill [SB 344] Wednesday that would repeal the controversial religious freedom law [SB 101] passed last year [JURIST report] that allowed businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. The Senate Rules committee voted 7-5 to approve the bill, which will grant civil rights … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed his concerns on Friday regarding rising conflicts Burundi that have given rise to gang rapes, torture, ethnic repression, mass graves, and secret detentions and disappearances. Zeid reports that 432 people have been killed [AP report] in … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged both parties to the Burundian conflict yesterday upon the resumption of talks [UN report] between Burundian stakeholders that continued dialogue between the parties is needed to prevent a relapse into the decades of civil war. Recent violence stemming from … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A top UN official on Tuesday called on Burundi to form a "nationally-led and owned effort" to find a solution to the violence the country has faced. Jamal Benomar [official profile], the Secretary-General's Special Advisor, also stated [UN News Centre] that the international community must stand ready to support that … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School discusses Indiana Governor's refusal to accept Syrian refugees...Federal law and its nexus with international humanitarian principles, agreements and commitments extend sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, ethnic strife and other harm that precludes return to their countries of origin. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [read more]

Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu announced this weekend that there will be a moratorium placed on anti-homosexuality laws in Malawi, effectively suspending enforcement of these laws until a decision is made regarding repeal. Along with this decision [BBC report] came the release of two men that were arrested under these laws. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] approved a resolution on Thursday to dispatch experts to investigate human rights violations [press release] in Burundi, condemning violence in the country, use of excessive force by officials, and restrictions on freedoms. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that thousands of people, including children, are being arbitrarily detained in Libya [report]. The report highlights torture and other forms of ill-treatment in four prisons in Tripoli and Misrata, which were personally visited by HRW representatives. The report is based … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burundi, calling it "an attempt by Burundian authorities to silence dissenting voices and to limit the democratic space." The commissioner noted that these 10 … [read more]

18 Nov 2015

JURIST Editorial Coordinator Josh Guckert and Social Media Coordinator Matt Belenky discuss the recent controversy which found itself in court concerning the National Football League and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. After Brady was suspended for four games by the league for allegedly tampering (or having knowledge of … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved legislation Thursday to protect individuals from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, removing the last barrier to EU visa-free travel into the country. The bill failed several times [Kiev Post report] before receiving 234 votes, surpassing the requisite 226 votes needed to pass … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greek lawmakers approved a bill early Saturday morning containing new austerity measures and economic overhauls under its new bailout program. All but one of the 155 members of the leftist Syriza [party website], which now runs the government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], and the Independent Anel … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Transparency International [advocacy website] and the UNCAC Coalition [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Mongolian parliament [official website] to veto a new bill that contains provisions granting amnesty to individuals being investigated for corruption. They argue that the passage of this law would allow for 45 out … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a same-sex spouse is not entitled to his husband's full pension benefits in the event of death. John Walker worked for Innospec but retired in 2003, two years before same-sex civil partnerships were recognized in the UK. In … [read more]

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