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Academic Commentary
22 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that determining the impact of the recently announced Strategic Partnership Agreement between the US and Afghanistan requires a look into the many interests vested in the region...As immortalized in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, the nineteenth century "Great … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Turkmenistan [BBC backgrounder] adopted a new law on Thursday for regulating presidential elections that changes the qualifications potential candidates must satisfy. The law says that an individual must be either backed by a political party or collect at least 50,000 signatures [AP report] to qualify as a presidential candidate. … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond [press release] to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] annual report [text, PDF] published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human rights, such as dialogue and … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The number of free countries and electoral democracies dropped and the overall freedom in the Middle East and North Africa suffered for the fifth year, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the US-based rights group Freedom House [advocacy website]. The group's annual assessment, Freedom in the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Apr 2010

Elizabeth Zitrin [International Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus]: "The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech [text] to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights [press release]. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human rights law and the … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) [official website] has released [press release; materials] its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) and adding six new countries to its "watch list." The other CPC are Burma, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Apr 2009

Amir A. Fakhravar [Director of International Affairs, Council for a Democratic Iran]: ""Iran, a Nation of Bloggers" is the name of a short animated film that I saw a few days ago. In only 100 seconds, Mr. Aaron pointed out a subject that has remained out of sight amid the … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Jan 2009

Gunesh Bakgalova, Pitt Law LLM '09, compares "right to rest" laws in her native Turkmenistan with American labor regulation:When I came to the United States I was very surprised to hear that employers are not required to give employees paid vacations, or to include paid leave in employment contracts. The … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The 2500-member People's Council of Turkmenistan Friday adopted a new constitution for Turkmenistan [official website; CIA backgrounder] envisioning a new multi-party political process and providing for limits on presidential power two years after the death of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov [BBC profile]. Turkmen leaders are hopeful that the changes … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The United States has gained ground as a country protecting press freedom, according to the sixth annual Worldwide Index of Freedom [press release] issued Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) [advocacy website]. RWB listed Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan at the bottom of the survey, while Iceland and Norway … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The government of Turkmenistan [CIA backgrounder] published a law defining the president's powers and duties for the first time in Turkmenistani history Wednesday. The law, printed in the official state newspaper, gives the president the power to appoint the Cabinet and leaders of the armed forces. With the approval … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A study released Friday by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) [advocacy website] has found a "substantial growth in the scale, scope and sophistication" of Internet censorship [JURIST news archive] worldwide. The study, focusing on state-mandated censorship, found evidence of content filtering in 25 of 41 countries tested. The study found … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US Commission on International Religious Freedom [official website] Wednesday released [press release] its annual report on worldwide religious freedom [PDF], finding for the first time since the ouster of Saddam Hussein that freedom of religious worship in Iraq is under severe threat. The commission pointed to increasing government … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Rights violations being committed in Central Asia are comparable to abuses perpetrated in the former Soviet Union, according the annual report [press release; text] released Tuesday by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF). The IHF was particularly critical of Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] and Turkmenistan [Wikipedia backgrounder]. … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The US government Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF) [official website] on Wednesday called for increased action to combat decreasing religious freedom in former Soviet republics Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] and Turkmenistan and for more monitoring of Belarus and Russia [JURIST news archive]. In its annual report [PDF text], … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2004
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] US-based rights monitoring group Freedom House said Monday in its annual report on human rights conditions in countries around the world that Russia had dropped into the category of "not free" in the wake of various authoritarian moves this past year by the government of President Vladimir Putin. FH … [read more]

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