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Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal
January 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against Rai....... [more]

UK court upholds regulation on legal aid for domestic violence
January 23, 2015
The UK High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a claim that procedural regulations, known as CLA(P) Regulation 33, unlawfully restrict domestic violence victims' access to legal aid. Under the regulations, domestic violence victims seeking to obtain legal aid must first provide specific types of....... [more]

HRW: France police abusing asylum seekers in Calais
January 20, 2015
French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and attac....... [more]

World powers set to resume talks on nuclear program with Iran
December 30, 2014
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 China....... [more]

Report: Islamic State executed almost 2,000 people in Syria over six months
December 29, 2014
The Islamic State (IS) executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave the ranks and head home. However, the majority of those execu....... [more]

Why Incendiary Weapons are Here to Stay
December 22, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in Ukrai....... [more]

UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Ireland v. UK: Revisiting the Treatment of the 'Hooded Men'
December 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying t....... [more]

Rights groups: donors must press for progress on human rights in Afghanistan
December 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a joint statement urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, e....... [more]

Bangladesh tribunal convicts UK journalist of contempt
December 4, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war with Pakistan. Bergman wrote in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those killed or raped during....... [more]

Ireland government to ask ECHR to review 1978 human rights case
December 2, 2014
The Minister for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, announced on Tuesday he will make a request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to review the judgment of a case against the UK for alleged torture. In 1971 during a violent period known as The Troubles....... [more]




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