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European top court issues preliminary opinion on US soldier seeking asylum in Germany
February 27, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary judgment on Thursday that found a US soldier could possible seek asylum in Germany if he can show a proper reason for his desertion. André Shepherd deserted in Germany in 2007 and sought asylum there the following year. He allegedly deserted....... [more]

Syria rebel sentenced to 5 years for war crimes
February 26, 2015
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on F....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on felony firearm possession, ERISA
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a con....... [more]

Amnesty: Europe should do more to manage migration crisis in Mediterranean
February 19, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for Migrati....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Obama's executive action on immigration
February 17, 2015
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked two key parts of a recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced two programs in November, purportedly under his executive authority as Presid....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in series of human smuggling cases
February 17, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented individu....... [more]

Spain court opens investigation into Cueta migrant drowning incident
February 13, 2015
A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has called upon....... [more]

Impunity in the DRC: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
February 12, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in t....... [more]

HRW: labor abuse in UAE despite reforms
February 10, 2015
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. In....... [more]

Amnesty: Bulgaria authorities failing to prosecute hate crimes
February 9, 2015
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate cri....... [more]

Egypt sets retrial date for 2 Al Jazeera journalists
February 9, 2015
A lawyer for the one of the two Al Jazeera journalists currently jailed in Egypt said Sunday that a retrial has been scheduled for February 12. Earlier this month, Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was released from prison and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo deten....... [more]




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