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Will the Last UK Resident Be Released from Guantanamo Next Month?
May 17, 2015
JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay....... [more]

Sedition Laws and Free Speech
May 14, 2015
JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in man....... [more]

FDA plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors
May 14, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to prevent....... [more]

Sweden top court rejects Assange appeal
May 12, 2015
The Swedish Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has found....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee set to be released in June
April 24, 2015
A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had asked a federal judge last week to release him on th....... [more]

UN rights chief calls on UK to curb 'hate speech' in tabloids
April 24, 2015
The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hus....... [more]

Argentina sues UK, US companies over drilling off Falkland Islands
April 17, 2015
Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying t....... [more]

UK judge approves extradition of Basque fugitive to Spain
April 14, 2015
A UK judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) can be extradited to Spain. In his ruling, Judge Howard Riddle said there had been no abuse of process in Antoio Troitino's case, and he could receive a fair trial in Spain. Troitino served 2....... [more]

Rights groups take UK government to European Human Rights Court over mass surveillance
April 10, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formall....... [more]

Nuclear talks with Iran intensify close to preliminary deadline
March 29, 2015
Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave La....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court rejects Charles Taylor's request for transfer to Rwanda prison
March 26, 2015
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his rights because of the essentially isolated condit....... [more]




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