March 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the a trial of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest and sentencing completed after only ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a November 9 Catalonia independence vote was unconstitutional. According to the court, both the decree from the Catalan regional government that allowed for the vote and two articles of a regional law passed in September on "non referenda ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday urged Portuguese authorities to increase efforts to ensure a wider access to the country's judicial system. Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul said that greater accessibility to legal aid is necessary amid the continued ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, are now " ...[read more]
December 23, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Former Bangladeshi Junior Minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar was sentenced to death Tuesday, after he was found guilty of 14 counts of criminal charges including genocide, rape, extortion, arson, and torture committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Independence War. Qaisar denied the charges, and his lawyer ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Catalonia High Court of Justice announced Monday that it will open an investigation of the unofficial Catalan independence vote held in opposition of the central Spanish government. The formal investigation will center on Catalonia's President Artus Mas, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Joana ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]

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