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Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International [advocacy websites] on Wednesday issued a joint statement [press release] urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters [text] to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, especially for female human … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan [press release] and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive legislative and institutional … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Malawi President Joyce Banda [BBC profile] announced [press release] Saturday that, due to extreme irregularities in the voting process, she is nullifying the national tripartite results for the presidential, parliamentary and local elections. President Banda cited as her authority Section 88(2) [text, PDF] of the Malawi Constitution, which states … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah [BBC profile] proclaimed the enactment [press release] of Sharia [CFR backgrounder] in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside [CNN report] Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says that the deplorable state of women's rights in Afghanistan should not be tolerated and that changes must be made...Four years ago, a long-awaited law to protect women and girls from violence, the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law [Guardian report] expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday encouraged [press release] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] released a report [text, PDF] Sunday stating that although there was an increase of reported acts of violence against women to the Afghan authorities in the past year, … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan [JURIST news archive] officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged [press release] authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy group] on Sunday urged [news release] the prosecutor's office [official website] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to expedite inquiry into international crimes committed in Afghanistan [BBC profile]. In November the ICC released the Report on Preliminary Examination Activities [text, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] and the chairperson of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] Frances Raday on Wednesday urged [text] the Sudanese government to stop the practice of threatening women with … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] released a November 2012 report [text, PDF, in French] on Friday, stating [press brief] the crisis in Mali [CIA backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has led to human rights violations including rape, summary executions, and extra-judicial killings. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr, the Human Rights Watch researcher for Afghanistan, argues that the executions approved recently approved by Afghanistan's president are further distancing the country from its western support...When the executions came, they happened so quickly that they were over almost before the world noticed. On November 19, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Fear of deportation prevents many migrant women in Belgium from seeking necessary protection from domestic violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Friday. The 57-page report, entitled "'The Law was Against Me': Migrant Women's Access to Protection for Family Violence in Belgium," … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on discrimination against women [official website] on Thursday urged governments around the world to repeal laws that criminalize adultery [statement] and give rise to severe penalties which include flogging, death by stoning and hanging. While the working group conceded that "adultery may constitute a valid … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A UN official on Wednesday said that Islamists who have seized power in northern Mali are violating the human rights of women and children through enforced prostitution and recruitment of child soldiers. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic [official profile] said [UN News Centre report] that rebel … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Three armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are abusing the local population and employing child soldiers [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. According to interviews that HRW conducted over the past several weeks, three rebel groups, Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] condemned [press release] human rights violations in Mali on Monday and called for international action to address the problems. Pillay stated that two militant Islamic groups, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Ansar Dine, are … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Tuesday called [press release] on member states to abolish capital punishment. He welcomed the trend of abolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] since the UN General Assembly [official website] endorsed a call for a moratorium on capital punishment in 2007. He … [read more]

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