February 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The Brazil Supreme Court overturned racketeering convictions of several former leaders of the Workers Party on Thursday by a 6-5 vote, which will result in lessened prison sentences. The convictions of corruption and money-laundering in the nation's largest political corruption case will not be ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday urged the Brazilian government to investigate the killings of inmates at the Pedrinhas Penitentiary Complex after a video surfaced of three decapitated inmates during a prison riot. The video, sent on Tuesday, was allegedly sent ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Thiago Santos Limas discusses the recent controversy surrounding an elected official with a criminal conviction in Brazil...Recently, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court condemned representative Natan Donadon for crimes against Public Administration. Sentence: thirteen years, ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles ( ...[read more]
November 2, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Germany and Brazil on Friday proposed a draft resolution within the UN General Assembly calling for member states to take measures to put an end to "gross invasions of privacy" such as excessive electronic surveillance and data collection. Although the resolution does not specifically indicate any ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Brazilian Regional Federal Court for the First Region (TRF1) on Tuesday suspended construction on the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon rain forest on grounds that environmental commitments have not been met. The decision is summarized in a statement on the court's website, detailing Judge ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when oil ...[read more]
September 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the ...[read more]
September 19, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Brazil Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 6-5 that 12 former political and business leaders found guilty in the nation's biggest corruption trial have the right to a new trial. The defendants were convicted after it was discovered that, as top aides to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
A group of labor prosecutors in Brazil named Samsung in a lawsuit over the company's substandard labor conditions in its Brazilian factories. Samsung is being asked to pay USD $108 in damages and to bear the cost of treatment for employees with occupational diseases for subjecting assembly line ...[read more]

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