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Legal News
1 day ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

US District Court Judge David Godbey on Monday rejected [order, PDF] a Texas lawsuit seeking to halt the federal resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. The federal judge ruled that Texas officials had failed to show a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" in the request for an injunction to … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and locate thousands of civilians [statement] that went missing during the nation's civil war. Speaking at the end of his mission to Sri Lanka, Zeid asked that the … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] of the UK Parliament released a report [text, PDF] on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF; Guardian backgrounder] was intended to improve transparency after … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Maldives police arrested a judge and former prosecutor general on Sunday for issuing an arrest warrant for current president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official profile] without police consent. Yameen's spokesman identified [AP report] the arrested men as Judge Ahmed Nihan, a magistrate from near Male, and Muhthaz Muhsin, a … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday accused [HRW report] Iraqi Shiite militias of carrying out "revenge attacks" against Sunnis in wake of an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack at a local cafe. The militia group has abducted and killed many Sunni residents in the central Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2016
by David G. Delaney of Maurer School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist David G. Delaney, assistant Professor at Maurer School of Law discusses historic and current cyber legislation... No one should doubt that Congress's record on cyberspace issues is dismal. The Bush and Obama administrations both bemoaned Congress's expertise and engagement in this field. Much of its legislation follows … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] warned [press release] Tuesday that the current state of emergency and law on surveillance in France may impose "disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms." The four UN experts shared their concerns [public statement, in French) with French … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Approximately 180 Cuban migrants crossed the US border on Friday as part of an organized Central American effort to transport the 8,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Following recent diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, thousands of Cubans are attempting to seek asylum [New Yorker report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Several human rights and civil society groups called on the international community [press release] Thursday to address the killing 140 protesters [JURIST report] in Ethiopia's Oromia region. Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said that the protests over government plans to expand the capital of Addis Ababa into the region … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in the cases of Bank Markazi v. Peterson [transcript, PDF] and Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], plaintiff Deborah Peterson, representing hundreds of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks, brought suit … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has begun the first assessment of the Rule of Law [materials] in Poland, a member state, concerning the EU policy of Media Freedom and Pluralism materials] as well as changes in the nation's Constitutional Tribunal. The Rule of … [read more]

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