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Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Greece's parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a second set of economic reforms with an overwhelming 230-63 majority vote. Greece's creditors asked [JURIST report] that the second set of economic overhauls be passed before they began negotiations for the aid program, which will help the country's economy and save it … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The German parliament on Friday voted to move forward with negotiations for a Greek bailout. Urged by Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] to support the bailout, 439 legislators voted in favor [NYT report] of the negotiations with 119 voting against and 40 abstaining. While some doubted [The Local report] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The European Council [official website] on Monday announced [text, PDF] a preliminary deal to manage Greek debt without the country defaulting or leaving the European Union. The agreement requires Greece to increase tax revenue, cut costs and implement a number of fiscal regulatory policies [Fiscal Compact, PDF]. It also includes … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Greece's parliament on Saturday voted to accept the economic reforms rejected by the government last week. According to Greek media reports [Naftemporiki live coverage, in Greek], the Saturday morning vote was led by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], who vocally supported voting against accepting the proposed bailout … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] After approximately two thirds of the votes have been counted in Sunday's Greek vote on the proposed bailout deal, results appear to show that the country has voted against the deal [Reuters report]. Results posted by the Greek Ministry of Interior [official website] show that about 61 percent [WSJ … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Protesters in Greece gathered in the tens of thousands on Friday, holding rival rallies that drew attention to the split within the country as Sunday's referendum approaches. The referendum, which regards whether or not to accept the bailout terms [Reuters report] of international creditors, may decide Greece's future as … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [report, PDF] the government to move from "apology to action" in its policies and programs directed toward restoring the aboriginal peoples' relationships with the rest of the country. The TRC interviewed more than 7,000 individuals to track a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, on Monday urged the government of Somalia to continue working to increase human rights protections [press release]. Bahame Nyanduga stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression, noting that, "Somali journalists are often harassed, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Nineteen eurozone creditors held a meeting in Latvia on Friday to demand the completion of the economic reform program agreed to by Greece necessary to avoiding a Grecian default or exit from the euro. An agreement [JURIST report] between Greece and the creditors in February set an end-of-April deadline … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Somali government officials evicted [HRW report] thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat residents … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] welcomed [press release] as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved [BBC report] by President … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The European Central Bank (ECB) [official website] on Friday released an opinion [text, PDF] on Greece's draft law prohibiting the foreclosure of primary residences. Under the draft law, banks are prohibited from auctioning primary residences valued at less than €300,000 (USD $317,580), provided that borrowers meet certain total wealth … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a statement of interest [text, PDF] on Friday with the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia [official website] stating that the Eighth Amendment requires individualized assessment and treatment for inmates suffering from gender dysphoria. The Southern Poverty … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston [official website] on Tuesday warned [press release] that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Greece's Hellenic Parliament [official website] passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The majority … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for [text] a worldwide end to all forms of human exploitation. The message, released as part of the UN's World Day of Social Justice [UN report] set for February 20, 2015, calls for a worldwide effort to "not leave behind … [read more]

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