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Martina Johnson Arrested in Belgium and Accused of War Crimes in Liberia
October 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major....... [more]

Belgium murderer granted right to be euthanized
September 16, 2014
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free du....... [more]

Dutch police arrest Balkans war crimes suspect
March 30, 2014
The Dutch public prosecutor announced on Friday that police have arrested a man suspected of war crimes during the 1990s Yugoslav wars after a request for his extradition from Croatia. Milutin Graic, 41, was living in Roosendaal, near the Netherlands' border with Belgium. Graic is accused of being a....... [more]

Belgium Parliament votes to extend euthanasia law to terminally ill minors
February 14, 2014
The lower house of Belgian Parliament gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation, approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminall....... [more]

Belgium senate votes to extend euthanasia law to terminally ill minors
December 13, 2013
The Belgian Senate voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of discernment." The law requires that t....... [more]

Belgium approves bill allowing minors to request euthanasia
November 28, 2013
The Belgian Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a 13-4 vote, according to Senate....... [more]

Belgium authorities arrest accused Somali pirate leader
October 14, 2013
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," fo....... [more]

Belgium burqa ban took effect
July 23, 2013
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved the....... [more]

Luxembourg parliament passed first reading of euthanasia bill
February 20, 2013
On February 20, 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies narrowly passed the first reading of a bill legalizing euthanasia. The second reading of the bill passed in March 2009, making Luxembourg the fourth nation in Europe to legalize euthanasia after Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Intern....... [more]

French parliamentary commission recommended partial burqa ban
January 26, 2013
On January 26, 2010, a French parliamentary commission recommended a partial ban on the wearing of burqas and other facial veils donned by Muslim women in public areas. The French Constitutional Court approved a bill banning facial veils in public in October 2010, finding the law and its 150 euro pe....... [more]

Former Chad dictator to face war crimes trial in Senegal
January 17, 2013
Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre will stand trial next month for alleged crimes against humanity, Senegal's Justice Minister Aminata Toure confirmed Tuesday. Senegal's national assembly adopted a law in December allowing Senegal to create a special tribunal with the African Union (AU), which h....... [more]




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