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Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] signed two bills [Senate Bill 35 PDF; Senate Bill 49 PDF] Wednesday loosening Wisconsin's gun laws. The bills, to take effect on Friday, eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun and allow off duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun [media website] calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, called on the countries of the world Wednesday to focus [press release] on human rights struggles of the Roma people and to take action to end discrimination and racism. Wednesday marks International Roma Day. Izsák urged nations to protect minority … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Thursday released its observational findings [press release] on human rights abuses in Russia [text], concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," and "the … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Jan 2015
by Justin Camper of Valparasio University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Justin Camper, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the issues facing voters at the polls..."Voting is the most precious right of every citizen and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process." No sentiment concerning voting rings truer than this … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] French police have arrested 54 people for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo [official website, in French] and a kosher supermarket. The French Justice Ministry [official website, in French] has called on [AP … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Romani children are continuing to be placed in special needs schools by Czech authorities, despite a European Court of Human Rights [official website] decision [text], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Thursday. The case was decided over seven years ago, and involved a group of primary-school Roma children … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Yuxin Jiang

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law [press release]. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for employment opportunities: "As Korean society … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) [official website, in Dutch] on Thursday summoned for interrogation [press release, in Dutch] far-right politician Geert Wilders [party website] on suspicion of making criminally discriminatory statements regarding Moroccans. According to OM he "is suspected of insulting a group of people based on race … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greece [official website] on Tuesday ratified a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. The revised bill is titled "Fight Against Xenophobia," and it was adopted by a vote of 54-42, with 3 parliament members abstaining from the vote. With Thursday's vote, Greece joined … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland [official websites] issued a report [text, PDF] Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Thursday detailing [press release] a long-standing culture of impunity, racism and excessive force within the Greek police system. The report documents unlawful practices and human rights violations of the country's law enforcement and cites as key issues the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks [official profile] on Wednesday called upon the Greek government to abandon plans [statement] to include a clause in a draft immigration law that would allow the government to deport migrants following the rejection of their claims … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2014
by Zachary Heiden of American Civil Liberties Union of Maine

JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cutting v. City of Portland … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Steven Zeidman of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Zeidman of the CUNY School of Law argues that changes to solitary confinement laws present an opportunity to discuss larger issues with the prison system as a whole ...The recent agreement, growing out of the case of Peoples v. Fischer, reached by the New York Civil … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] British police counter-terrorism forces announced on Tuesday the arrest of Moazzam Begg [Guardian backgrounder] in his hometown of Birmingham, England, along with three other individuals on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria [JURIST backgrounder]. Begg was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], and he … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday delivered a "mixed report" on human rights progress around the world [UN News Centre report], highlighting advances in some areas and alarm in others. "Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear," Pillay stated during a press conference … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A French court on Wednesday held that ID checks are legal under French law and are not discriminatory. The case was brought [AP report] by 13 individuals from minority groups who were subject to ID checks, requesting €10,000 (USD $13,000) in compensation for each. In addition, they sought to … [read more]

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