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Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

China court gives suspended sentence to controversial writer
February 25, 2015
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. The 81-year-old ha....... [more]

IAEA: Iran violated Joint Plan of Action
February 21, 2015
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. T....... [more]

China to prosecute top parliamentary official for graft
February 16, 2015
Chinese officials said Monday that they will prosecute former vice-chairman of the country's top parliamentary advisory body Su Rong for graft, including taking bribes and selling ranks and titles. Su Rong was one of the 23 vice-chairmen of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference unti....... [more]

Amnesty India: Sri Lanka presidential visit should emphasize justice
February 15, 2015
Amnesty International India (AII) said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, focus....... [more]

Amnesty: Canadian and Chinese companies profiting from Myanmar mining abuses
February 11, 2015
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Min....... [more]

Seselj's Provisional Release: Hate Speech, International Criminal Procedure and Transitional Justice
February 7, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the decision of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to grant provisional release to Vojislav Seselj and its repercussions on international criminal law and transitional justice...Th....... [more]

HRW: China's proposed counterterrorism law facilitates human rights abuses
January 20, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, however, notes variou....... [more]

RETRACTION: 'Back-Alley Banking in China'
January 15, 2015
JURIST has retracted "Back-Alley Banking in China: the Next Financial Crisis" by Dr. Bashar Malkawi. The piece was originally published in our Academic Commentary section on 9 November 2013. On 7 January 2015, we were advised that the piece was copied from another author's work. We investigated th....... [more]

Authorities in capital of China's Xinjiang province ban burqas
January 12, 2015
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 to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur sep....... [more]

World powers set to resume talks on nuclear program with Iran
December 30, 2014
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Tuesday that Iran and the six world powers of P5+1 are set to resume low-level talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Jan 15, though wide gaps remain in their positions. P5+1, consisting of the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China....... [more]




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