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Legal News
2 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein [official profile] stated on Monday that Syrian factions should not offer amnesty for any committed war crimes as opposing sides meet in Geneva to discuss a possible end to the country's ongoing civil war. Hussein stated to the press [UN News report] … [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 Justin Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) [advocacy website] reached a settlement agreement [document, PDF] on Wednesday with the Department of Corrections [official website] over the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The ACLU of Indiana and IPAS filed … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday announced a ban on the federal prison system's use of solitary confinement for juveniles. Obama stated in an op-ed [WP op-ed] Monday evening that after a review of US prisons by the Department of Justice [official website], he is adopting new rules … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Montgomery v. Louisiana [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a landmark decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles should apply retroactively. The Supreme Court reached that decision [JURIST report] in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders] … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Two of three Guantanamo Bay detainees scheduled for release boarded a plane for transfer on Wednesday while the third detainee turned down the opportunity. Though the two released detainees were natives of Egypt and Yemen, they were resettled in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro [DOD press releases]. The third … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD) [official website, in Burmese], which won in a national election [JURIST report] last November, has … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Iran has condemned the US for imposing new sanctions in connection with the country's missile defense program. The sanctions were imposed [NTY report] Sunday by the US Treasury Department [official website] against 11 companies and individuals connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program. According to officials in Iran, the missile system … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Iran agreed Saturday to release four US citizens in exchange for seven Iranians being held in the US for violating sanctions against Iran. Among the US citizens being released is Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian [advocacy website] who has been held since July 2014 and was convicted [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied a request [motion, pdf] from a death row inmate to delay his execution in light of the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling that Florida's capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional [JURIST report] under the Sixth Amendment. Cary Michael Lambrix was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the ACLU of Louisiana [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint] on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board [official websites] due to the lack of available public defenders for individuals with no … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Foreign Ministry [official website] of Oman on Thursday reported [statement, in Arabic] that 10 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived temporarily to Oman. The US Department of Defense later confirmed the move [press release]. On Monday human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Bruce v. Samuels [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) [materials, PDF] requires prisoners to pay filing fees on a per-case, not a per-prison basis. The particular question in the case was when a prisoner has … [read more]

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