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Legal News
21 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women [official websites] on Monday urged [press release] Afghanistan's government to fully respect and defend the fundamental rights of women and girls by ensuring the implementation of and respect for women's rights legislation. This call comes in response to the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A group of prominent Chinese lawyers signed a letter on Friday calling on the Jinjiang People's Court [official website] to explain why it detained a lawyer who defended the Falun Gong [group website; BBC backgrounder], which is banned in China. An online statement from the court said that Wang … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans for inciting self-immolation [Xinhua report] according to a Thursday report from Xinhua [official website], China's state news agency. The two men were charged with intentional homicide after inciting and coercing eight people to self-immolate, three of whom ultimately died. Lorang Konchok was … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2012
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged [press release] all involved parties to end the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel and to respect obligations to protect civilians under international law. Pillay expressed extreme concern over the continued use of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday called on China [press release] to remedy long-held frustrations in Tibet that have led to recent extreme protest tactics, including self-immolation. Pillay expressed concern that the Chinese government is suppressing Tibetans' freedom of expression … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Sunday demanded [press release] that China immediately release protesters who have been imprisoned since the self-immolation of two Tibetan men in Lhasa late last month. According to Tibetan [BBC backgrounder] activists, China has arrested and detained as many as 600 Tibetan residents and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Apr 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says International justice is beginning to require more accountability from heads of state because of new technologies which are beginning to reveal previously undetected war crimes by impious leaders... The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not … [read more]

Professional Commentary
20 Aug 2009

Zainab Salbi [Founder and CEO, Women for Women International]: "Throughout Afghanistan's history, negotiations over women's status and rights in Afghan society have occurred largely in the context of political struggles to take power or to hold on to power. We can see from President Karzai's authorization and secretive implementation of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women [official website] Yakin Erturk said Monday [UN press release] that the difficulties faced by Afghani women, from abusive child marriages to public executions ordered by local councils, are still dramatic problems that need to be addressed despite the passing of the strict … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Mohamed Alanssi testified in court Tuesday that he was trying to put "the world on notice" by setting fire to himself outside the White House [JURIST report] last November. Until his attempt at self-immolation, Alanssi was the government's star witness in its terror-funding case against Yemeni Sheik Mohammed Ali … [read more]

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