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Judicial Backsliding in Russia
September 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests that this reputation is not completely justified. Th....... [more]

Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy protestors
September 28, 2014
The Hong Kong police department on Friday cleared the main government compound of pro-democracy supporters who occupied the area in protest. It is reported that supporters were subdued with pepper spray and 60 arrests were made. The pro-democracy protesters and supporters are a part of an movement t....... [more]

China reveals evidence used to convict minority activist
September 25, 2014
China's official Xinhua News Agency released a report on Wednesday detailing the evidence used to convict prominent ethnic minority scholar of separatism Ilham Tohti to life in prison. The report gives a lengthy summary of the case against Tohti, including the 210 pieces of evidence introduced by pr....... [more]

Former House majority leader subpoenaed in terrorism financing case
September 24, 2014
Former US House Majority leader Eric Cantor has been subpoenaed in a terrorism financing case against Bank of China, media reported Tuesday. Cantor was subpoenaed by the Israel Law Center based on his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing why former senior Mossad official....... [more]

China authorities detain writer for articles critical of senior official
September 15, 2014
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, was detained by Chinese authorities Sunday morning for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the 81-year-old writer was "crim....... [more]

China lawyers boycott trial of activist
September 12, 2014
The legal defense team representing prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, decided to boycott the start of Guo's pending trial over procedural irregularities, which resulted in adjournment of the proceedings at the Guangzhou People's Court in Southern China. All four lawyers boycotte....... [more]

China executes 8 for separatist violence and related crimes
August 24, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval by the Supreme People's Court. Three of the exec....... [more]

China executive permitted to sue Google over autocomplete search terms
August 8, 2014
A Hong Kong court has ruled that Chinese businessman Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Shing, chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate, may continue his defamation suit against Google over the autocomplete function of the company's search engine which suggests links connecting Yeung to organized crime groups....... [more]

Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different....... [more]

China top court overturns controversial death sentence of abused wife
June 25, 2014
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence an....... [more]

Spain Supreme Court dismisses China human rights cases
June 25, 2014
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two judicial investigations into allegations of Chinese genocide and human rights violations, due to a new law limiting Spanish judges' involvement in international cases. Earlier this year, Spain put an end to its use of universal jurisdiction. Under the n....... [more]




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