April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted of appointing a lawyer ...[read more]
January 31, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Venezuelan authorities on Friday passed new regulations that will allow soldiers to use deadly force against demonstrators if they feel that their lives are at risk. These regulations were passed after a span of violent protests last year, as an attempt to maintain order in the country. The ...[read more]
January 2, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed into law a landmark anti-graft bill passed by parliament in December. The new law creates a corruption ombudsman with extensive power to prosecute politicians and civil servants to create a "bribe-free India." The bill was approved by ...[read more]
September 29, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Sweden's Ombudsman for Children Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising male babies in ...[read more]
April 23, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (RCC) ruled Monday that Russian citizens have the right to challenge parliamentary election results in court within the particular constituency where they originally cast their votes. Last May Russia's Human Rights Ombudsmen, Vladimir Lukin ...[read more]
December 25, 2012
by Daniel Mullen
The Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia, Vladimir Lukin, filed an appeal in a Moscow court on Tuesday following the ruling against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of Yukos, and his business partner Platon Lebedev. Lukin filed the appeal because the two men were ordered to pay restitution for th... ...[read more]
February 6, 2012
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Columnist Edsel Tupaz and Guest Columnist Joan Martinez, both of Tupaz & Associates, argue that the stalled anti-corruption legislation before the Indian Parliament should do more to fight corruption, particularly by creating a more powerful ombudsman position to hold government ...[read more]
October 23, 2011
by Yuriy Vilner
JURIST Guest Columnist Carlos Cisneros, Associate at Valencia del Toro Abogados, S.C., says that a recent abortion case heard by the Supreme Court of Mexico actually involves broader issues of treaty interpretation and states' rights, with implications for the growth of Mexican democracy...After ...[read more]
July 9, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Friday that he is launching an investigation into the enactment of a local regulation that broadened the scope of police search and seizure powers in certain areas of Toronto during the recent Group of 20 (G-20) summit. The investigation will examine the ...[read more]
February 26, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
The top Venezuelan human rights official on Thursday criticized findings in a report issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Ombudsman Gabriela Ramirez, Venezuela's top rights official, said that the report makes unfair ...[read more]

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