August 24, 2012
by Max Slater
Egypt President Mohammed Morsi issued a new law on Thursday that bans pre-trial detentions of journalists for speaking out against the government. The new law, the first decree Morsi has issued since he granted himself executive and legislative powers last week, ends the Mubarak-era practice of ...[read more]
May 31, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 31, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky failed to prove that his prosecution for tax evasion and fraud were politically motivated, but did find that his detention violated human rights standards. These standards ...[read more]
January 22, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On January 22, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing that the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities be closed "as soon as practicable" and setting a deadline of January 22, 2010. The administration also undertook a review of the military commission process used to ...[read more]
December 10, 2011
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School says that the decision in Latif v. Obama construes the presumption of regularity in a way that creates an unfair obstacle for military detainees trying to question the evidence used to justify their detention...In Latif v. Obama, the ...[read more]
October 10, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Prisoners in some Afghan-run detention facilities have been beaten and tortured, according to a report released Monday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The prisoners interviewed for the study had been detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) or Afghan National ...[read more]
April 14, 2011
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz, of Seton Hall Law School says that the failure to close Guantanamo Bay is an unwelcome step in justifying arbitrary detention and torture, and wonders how far indefinite detention and military commissions will sweep.... Two days after his ...[read more]
March 30, 2011
by Ingrid Burke
JURIST Guest Columnist Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham (US Army, ret.), formerly assigned to the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, says that the Executive Order for the Periodic Review of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station is illusory in that it ...[read more]
March 18, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
General Counsel for the US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday urged Congress to allow civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees, in addition to military commissions. At a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, General Counsel Jeh Johnson called for Congress to explore all trial ...[read more]
February 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 18, 2009, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an October 2008 district court order that would have provided for the release of 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees into the US. Lawyers for the detainees had argued that the Uighur's continued ...[read more]
January 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 29, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that while the treatment of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr violated his rights, the government does not have to press for his return to Canada. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the interrogation of Khadr by Canadian ...[read more]

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