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Legal News
20 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt [Trial Watch Profile] came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid [Reuters report]. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Turkey's Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish] approved amendments [BIA summary] to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of terrorism propaganda [Reuters report]. Amendments to Article 6 … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Lahore High Court in Pakistan [official website] on Thursday acquitted a Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy. Younis Masih has been in prison for six years. The charges against him stemmed from a incident in which allegedly interrupted a gathering of Sufi singing to make blasphemous remarks … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The war crimes court for Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website, in Bosnian] on Friday convicted a former paramilitary unit commander from Montenegro on multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting committed during the the civil war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995) and sentenced him to 45 years of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was granted protective bail by the High Court of Sindh Karachi [official website] in Pakistan on Friday. AFP reports that Judge Sajjad Ali Shah set Musharraf's bail [AFP report] at approximately USD $3,000 for the 2007 dismissal of judges, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] voluntarily surrendered himself [ICC press release] into the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday. The ICC is now in the process of transferring him to The Hague from Rwanda. The ICC issued two arrest warrants, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, in Spanish] Thursday that evictions carried out in Spain under harsh property repossession laws violate EU consumer protection laws. According to the ECJ, Spain's laws contravene EU laws [press release, PDF] because they do not allow national courts to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Khmer Rouge Deputy Foreign Minister and co-founder Ieng Sary [ECCC profie; JURIST news archive], who was on trial for war crimes in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] for his involvement in the killing of 1.7 million people, died [press release] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive], has been captured and will be appear in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday to face federal charges. He is accused of plotting to kill Americans … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A court of appeals in Bahrain overturned the acquittal [BNA report] of Zainab al-Khawaja, who is accused of insulting a government employee, and sentenced her to three months of imprisonment on Friday, according to the Bahrain State New Agency (BNA). Al-Khawaja is the daughter of prominent Bahraini human rights … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The UN has called on the de facto authorities [press release] of the disputed region of Transnistria [BBC backgrounder] "to address the deeply rooted problems identified in the report and to fully implement its recommendations, including the development of a plan of action for human rights." According to the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament [official website, in Turkish] on Thursday approved legislation to prohibit terrorism financing. In passing this legislation [ANA report], Turkey may have narrowly avoided expulsion from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) [official webpage]. Turkish President Abduallah Gul [BBC profile] now has 15 days to approve the legislation, … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A police officer in Bahrain has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment [BNA report, in Arabic] for fatally shooting a protester during pro-democracy protests that gripped country in February 2011, according to Bahrain's State News Agency (BNA). Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigation Unit Nawaf Abdullah Hamza told … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] is seeking USD $130.4 million in donations to compensate for a budget shortfall that has been ongoing for three years, according to a recent statement [text] by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile]. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Myanmar's campaign of shelling on the state of Kachin violates the laws of war [HRW press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday, the same day the government announced a ceasefire. President Thein Sein [BBC profile] ordered the ceasefire [BBC report] after the country's parliament unanimously passed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] reached an agreement on Thursday on a new constitution. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public [BBC report]. Tsvangirai previously stated that the passage of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] appeared in court in Zintan, Libya, on Thursday. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is accused of transferring [Al Jazeera report] information related to Libya's national security to an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release, in Ukrainian] a law [parliamentary backgrounder] on conducting national referendums. Pursuant to the law, referendums can be used to approve altering the wording of the constitution, to amend the constitution and to repeal a law amending the constitution. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday unsealed [ICC press release] an arrest warrant [text, PDF] for Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Pursuant to the warrant, Simone Gbagbo is accused of committing crimes against humanity during … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Egypt's incumbent president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued a decree on Thursday vastly expanding his powers. Pursuant to the decree, Morsi's decisions are not subject to judicial review and he can reopen trials for officials from the government of deposed president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russia's new NGO law [materials, in Russian] went into effect on Tuesday, and activists have vowed to challenge it. The law requires Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents [RAPSI report]. Some activists are already in the process of appealing … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] on Monday stressed the need to address the causes of maritime piracy [statement] with a "multi-dimensional approach" [press release]. Addressing the UN Security Council, Eliasson noted three areas of concern that warrant immediate action: 1) better coordination, information-sharing and trust-building among countries … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A dissident Chinese poet was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment on Monday on charges of contract fraud. Li Bifing was sentenced [AFP report] by the Shehong County Court in China's Sichuan province, according to a lawyer. Li previously served five years in jail [AP report] for his involvement … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], which held that sentencing minors to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment [text], will not apply retroactively. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A new protocol to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) [text] intended to combat the illegal trade of tobacco products was unanimously approved on Monday. The protocol [draft text, PDF] was approved by 176 countries [AP report] during the Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to … [read more]

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