October 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by G. Redd
JURIST kicks off the fall season with our first ever edition of the "legally quirky": relevant and slightly baffling legal news.A monument of the Ten Commandments is under siege in Oklahoma. Not only is theACLU of Oklahomachallenging the presence of a statue on government property, but... ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]

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