April 15, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the Canadian criminal code outlines the ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty of five counts of of lèse majesté, with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The sentence was r... ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sunday to reject amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure that would interfere with the rights of defense lawyers to call witnesses during trials. The amendments, which were adopted by the Egyptian cabinet in February, ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice proposed a bill amending and supplementing Bulgaria's criminal code to address growing threats of terrorism on Tuesday. The purpose of the bill is to fill in gaps of the criminal code, as well as to fulfill Bulgaria's commitments under UN Security Council ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Amirkhan Amanbaev with the Kazakhstan prosecutor general's office said Monday that the newly adopted Kazakhstan Criminal Procedural code will require police to read suspects their rights when making arrests. The suspects' rights are based on the Miranda warnings used in America and will require ...[read more]
December 3, 2014
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lse-majest...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on l... ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals ...[read more]

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