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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the Chinese government on Friday to overturn [press release] a verdict sentencing three human rights activists, including a lawyer, in the Guangdong province to up to five years in prison. The individuals were convicted for "inciting subversion of state power." HRW argues that … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Thursday arrested high profile human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband on charges of political subversion. Authorities have accused [NYT report] Wang of subversion of state power and her husband Bao Longjun, a trainee lawyer, of inciting subversion of state power. The formal arrest of … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of North Korea on Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to indefinite labor on subversion charges, according to the Korean Central News Agency [official news website] of North Korea. Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil were found guilty of spying for South Korea's National Intelligence … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of North Korea [JURIST news archive] on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch discusses the EU and human rights issues in China... This year will see a pair of quarter-century anniversaries of key political events in China and Europe: the remembrance in June of those who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre
 in Beijing … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday said that Chinese authorities must put an end to the persecution of those remembering victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] crackdown as its twenty-fifth anniversary nears. AI also called for the unconditional release of Gu Yimin, who … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities are using repressive laws, unfair trials and harsh prison conditions against activists who oppose the ruling Communist government, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report claims that those arrested include [press release] bloggers, labor and land rights activists, … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Dinh Nhat Uy on Tuesday received a sentence of 15 months of house arrest from a Vietnamese court for abusing his freedom after he campaigned online via Facebook [official website] to release his brother, who was convicted and jailed in May for criticizing the government policies on land ownership, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the National Assembly of Vietnam [official website] to bring the country's constitution in line with international human rights standards in a letter [text] sent Monday to Assembly chairman, Nguyen Sinh Hung. The National Assembly, Vietnam's legislative body, opened a draft constitution to … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced prominent dissident Le Quoc Quan [HRW backgrounder] to 30 months in prison for tax evasion. Quan's imprisonment sparked outrage [AFP report] from hundreds of protesters who believe the verdict was politically motivated and part of a widespread government crackdown on dissent. Quan, a … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Hanoi [official website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] a new Vietnam Internet decree that would effectively restrict online discussion of current affairs in the country. The decree requires all foreign websites to have at least one server in Vietnam, which would give greater content control … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Chinese court in Huairou on Sunday sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud. The verdict is seen by many as severe and is widely believed to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Police in China arrested and detained the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday on charges of fraud. Liu Hui was formally charged two weeks ago in a real estate dispute. Liu Hui's arrest may be retaliation [AP … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A group of 22 Vietnamese activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by the local People's Court in southern central Phu Yen province on Monday after the group was convicted of engaging in subversive activities to overthrow the county's communist government. According to their court-appointed lawyer, the group's 65-year-old … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday released and deported Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan after nine months of detention. Quan was arrested [JURIST report] on terrorism charges for planning protests in support of a banned group of US exiles, the Viet Tan [advocacy website]. He was released following diplomatic pressure … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Vietnam Supreme People's Court in the central Nghe An province on Wednesday sentenced 14 Catholic Redemptorist bloggers to jail terms ranging from 3 to 13 years of combined prison and house arrest. The defendants are associated with Viet Tan [advocacy website], a dissident group that Vietnam's government deems … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Karlanna Lewis, Yale Law School Class of 2015, uses the Pussy Riot incident to draw comparisons between Russia and the West in terms of their restrictions and protections of freedom of expression...Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk band, is the subject of much Western attention; however they … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A court in Vietnam ordered three bloggers jailed for anti-state propaganda on Monday. Bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai, alias Anhbasg, and Ta Phong Tan [blogs, in Vietnamese] were charged [JURIST report] in April in the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City [official website, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that the recent confrontation between a US warship and a foreign vessel in the Strait of Hormuz is the most recent in a history of incidents where time-tested tactics have shaped the economic and political security of … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] China's chengguan, a para-police organization charged with enforcing non-criminal administrative regulations, is abusing its power, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report indicated that although the chengguan are not authorized to arrest citizens or use excessive force, they frequently do both. In addition, … [read more]

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