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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved a resolution [text] authorizing the creation of political peace mission in Colombia to monitor the disarmament between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). The mission is to last 12 months, and a team … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, Egyptian authorities have spent the last week clamping down on dissidents in an effort to avoid further political unrest. At the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile], Egyptian security forces searched over 5,000 homes, seized activists … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected the appeal of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons regarding their conviction of and sentence for corruption. As the three have already served their sentence, however, it is not likely [Reuters report] that they will be imprisoned again. They will be required … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been released after receiving a suspended sentence on Tuesday. Zhiqiang was indicted [JURIST report] in May on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He stood trial on December 14 after more than 19 months … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Burkina Faso's military court issued an international arrest warrant on Monday for former president Blaise Compaore [Britannica profile] for the assassination of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Sankara [BBC profile] was killed along with 12 of his supporters during a 1987 coup that brought Compaore to power. Compaore resigned in October … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Russia's Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] on Friday, charged [press release, in Russian] former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] with multiple murders and attempted murders during the 1990s according to the Interfax agency. Khodorkovsky is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of a local mayor, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Prosecutor Col. Sita Sangare, Burkina Faso's director of military justice, on Sunday announced [AP report] charges filed last week against General Gilbert Diendere for complicity in the assassination of former president and revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara in 1987. Diendere, the leader of the September attempted military coup in Burkina Faso, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Iranian state news service on Sunday announced the sentencing [Washington Post report] of a Washington Post journalist to an unspecified prison term after he was convicted on charges that include espionage. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, announced the sentence of journalist Jason Rezaian … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

UN rights experts stated [press release] Wednesday that authorities in Iran [JURIST backgrounder] should cease arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression. UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmen Shaheed [official website] made the statements to the press as Iran … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Egyptian Court of Cassation [official website, in Arabic] on Thursday postponed the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] regarding his complicity in the killings of hundreds of protestors in the 2011 demonstrations that ousted his regime. Judge Anwar Gabri of the Egyptian Court of Cassation ordered a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Colombian government should prioritize the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities above corporate interests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. According to AI, the armed conflict in the country has caused members of these communities and peasant farmers to lose their lands, resulting … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

An Alexandria court of appeals on Monday ordered a retrial for 77 Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The defendants were charged [Ahram report] with murder, possession of weapons, rioting and a number of other criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 protest. They were sentenced [ET report] to five to 10 years … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN released a report [materials] on Tuesday stating that Iran's human rights situation remains alarming despite the signing [JURIST report] of the nuclear deal earlier this month. The report, published by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak's [BBC profile] sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, after holding that they had completed their three-year prison sentences on embezzlement.The Cairo criminal court sentenced [JURIST report] Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] on Monday convicted [WP report] Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], approximately two months [JURIST report] after the end of his trial. Rezaian was accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments and acting against national security. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government reached an agreement on Wednesday regarding punishing civil rights abuses, a move commended [press release] by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile]. The two parties met in Cuba after 32 months of negotiations. Colombian … [read more]


Features
14 Sep 2015
by Megan Miller

The Iran Hostage Crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, lasted for 444 days. It began just after the arrival of the Iranian Shah in America, and ended on the day of the inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan. 52 American citizens were held hostage by members of the Muslim … [read more]


Features
14 Sep 2015
by Michael Roberts

The Islamic Republic of Iran, home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, has played a significant role in both the Middle Eastern and Western geopolitical landscapes. Originally occupied by tribal peoples and later falling under control of the many empires that rose and fell within the region, Iran … [read more]

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