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Legal News
3 days ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Kuwait prosecutors announced Tuesday that 29 people will face trial for their participation in the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month, which left 26 people dead and 227 others critically injured. According to the Kuwait News Agency [official website; Kuwait Times report], those facing trial are made … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] China's state media on Tuesday criticized [press release] recently-detained human rights lawyers for actions it says undermine the rule of law. The crackdown on human rights lawyers comes as part of a larger push by President Xi Jinping [BBC profile] to discredit the rights defense movement [NYT report] which … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy [official website] against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. The report was originally published in Reuters [media website] in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] At least five Chinese lawyers from a human rights law firm were detained [press release in, Chinese] on Saturday after being accused for running a criminal syndicate and smear campaign against the Communist Party [BBC backgrounder]. The arrests come amid President Xi Jinping's [BBC profile] attempts to discredit the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] on Wednesday issued an emergency plan [press release] to combat the ethic driven civil unrest in the southern city of Ghardaia. It is reported [AP report] that 22 people have died due the violence exhibited within the region by rival gangs. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Two Moroccan women on Monday went on trial for gross indecency [Moroccan penal code article 483, in French] for wearing skirts that police characterized as "too tight." The women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were arrested [Al-arby report] in mid-June in the city of Agadir after a passerby notified … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The US Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) [official website] has found that the response by the Ferguson, Missouri police department escalated riots after Michael Brown's death last summer. The findings were in a draft report [St. Louis Dispatch report] obtained by the St. Louis Dispatch Tuesday. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thousands gathered across Spain on Tuesday to protest Spain's new public security law that went into effect on Wednesday. The Citizen Security Law [text, in Spanish], labeled as a "gag law" by protesters, sets fines for burning the national flag, protesting outside of parliament buildings, and distributing photographs of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] said [AI report] Thursday that all 50 US states fall below international standards on police use of lethal force. The report indicates that many states have no regulation on police use of lethal force or ones that fall below international standards. UN principles [text] on … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers voted Thursday to reject a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong's leader to be elected by the general public. After a lengthy debate, 28 legislators voted against [AP report] the proposal, enough to defeat the measure. The Chinese government, which had supported the legislation, said … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Tuesday sentenced prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman [official profile] to four years in prison for insulting the Interior Ministry [official website], inciting others to break the law, and inciting hatred against naturalized Sunnis. Salman is the secretary-general of the Al-Wefaq [official website] political opposition … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A US District Court judge on Friday approved an agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and the city of Cleveland that is intended to reform the city's police department. The agreement [JURIST report], a consent decree reached after five months of negotiation between attorneys for … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 11 individuals to death for their involvement in a 2012 soccer riot. The riots, which occurred in Port Said, killed more than 70 and injured about 1,000 others crushed by crowds attempting to leave the stadium when fans of Al-Masry violently stormed … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Burundi opposition leader Agathon Rwasa [Aljazeera backgrounder] on Saturday said that a presidential election must be held by August so that a newly elected government is in place by the time current president Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] term ends August 26. Currently there is an election planned for June … [read more]

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