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Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home [CNN report] to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur separatists labeled … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency [official website] stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences [Xinhua report] ranged … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced [press release, in Chinese] before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday asked [memorandum, PDF] the federal courts to dismiss a case brought by the Miami Herald [media website] demanding to know how much money the government spent to build a prison facility at Guantanamo. The news service requested this figure … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] said Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the US shifts away from a "permanent war footing." Obama first pledged to close the detention center five years ago, despite political opposition, and urged congress … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] Monday demanding the US close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, calling the prison's continued operation "a prime example of the USA's double standard on human rights." The report focuses heavily on the continued detention of individuals that have … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a lower court was correct in dismissing the claim for damages brought by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko, a former Guantanamo detainee, on jurisdictional grounds. The court based its decision … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Obama Administration's [official website] panel charged with reviewing the cases of detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] concluded its review [DOD press release] of detainee Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid on Thursday, unanimously finding him eligible for transfer to Yemen. The periodic review board (PRB) was established … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred [press release] to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being held … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur [JURIST news archive] detainees were released [press release] from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Tunisia announced its intention Wednesday to plead for the return of its remaining citizens being held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. A Justice Ministry representative, speaking at an awareness conference in Tunis, called for the repatriation [AP report] of the five Tunisian detainees still being … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2011

Phelim Kine, Senior Researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, argues that in order for the Chinese government to legitimately address human rights concerns, it must acknowledge the shortcomings of previous efforts and ensure that government officials and security forces follow and enforce human rights protections...On July 12, … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Italy deported a Tunisian national and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Wednesday for his connections to an extremist group that had planned various acts of terrorism in the country. Accompanied by Italian officials, Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials] was taken by plane to his native country under … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a Guantanamo detainee case [JURIST news archive] but granted certiorari in a case involving deportation. Monday marked the second time the case of Kiyemba v. Obama [docket; CCR backgrounder], involving Chinese Muslim … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz, of Seton Hall Law School says that the failure to close Guantanamo Bay is an unwelcome step in justifying arbitrary detention and torture, and wonders how far indefinite detention and military commissions will sweep.... Two days after his inauguration, President Obama announced that he … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] but denied review of three Guantanamo cases [JURIST news archive]. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], along with five cosponsors, introduced legislation Thursday that would prohibit funding for civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011 [S 551 … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A Milan court on Monday ordered Italian authorities to release former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials], finding that the eight years Mabrouk served at Guantanamo and the year he spent in an Italian prison were sufficient punishment. The judge handed Mabrouk a two-year … [read more]

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