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7 hours ago
by Emelina Perez

Turkey must ensure that fewer refugees enter Greece by the time EU leaders meet later this month, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Saturday. Hahn stated [Reuters report] that a reduction was expected when Turkey agreed to an action plan two months ago and that Turkey has a duty to patrol … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

French police have discriminated against Muslims residing in France under the state of emergency law [bill text, in French] imposed in November according to a report [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The German Cabinet [official website] approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees [CFR backgrounder] that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill [press release] will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Syrian refugee women are being abused in Lebanon, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] published Tuesday. The report explains [press release] how the refusal by the Lebanese government to renew permits causes refugee women to be exploited by people in positions of power such as … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
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
30 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Mass graves in Iraq are being disturbed [HRW report], which could lead to destroyed evidence in proving possible genocide committed against the Yazidi, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report released on Saturday. Dozens of Yazidi people are believed to have been killed by the Islamic State … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Danish lawmakers [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [text, PDF, in Danish] that will allow Danish authorities to seize assets from immigrants seeking asylum in order to cover their expenses. Under the law, police will be allowed to search and seize [The Local report] immigrants' cash or … [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
19 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Moroccan police on Monday arrested a Belgian man with a "direct relationship" to the November attack in Paris that killed 130 people. The Moroccan Interior Ministry said [BBC report] the individual in question, whose name has not been released, traveled to Syria with one of the Saint-Denis suicide bombers. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [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 Miracle Jones

The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Thursday ruled that police orders requiring telecommunications companies to hand over cellphone user data breached the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms [text, PDF]. The orders, labeled "tower dumps," demanded [Globe and Mail report] that Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. [corporate … [read more]

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