February 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
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. ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
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 ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
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 ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
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 ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
December 30, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
December 27, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The Chinese government declared on Friday that it intends to publish a list of approved religious venues in order to "root out" illegal religious activities. The proclamation was made by director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs Wang Zuoan, on Xinhua, China's official news source... ...[read more]

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