A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Thursday, December 5, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released new satellite images and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastructure of Repression," AI analyzed satellite images of political prison camp (kwanliso) …

[read more]
by Amy Mathieu

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would reform the state's pension plan to lower future benefits for current state employees. The legislature amended the pension plan in an effort to cut spending and lower the state's debt, which currently includes about $100 billion in unfunded liabilities. The bill aims to …

[read more]
by Laura Klein Mullen

US prosecutors unsealed on Thursday charges it has filed against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members for allegedly conspiring to commit health care fraud [18 USC § 1347]. The complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses the diplomats of lying …

[read more]
by Kimberly Bennett

A team of Dutch and Swedish researchers released a report on Wednesday which concluded that senior military officers in Eritrea are kidnapping Eritrean children and smuggling them into Sudan. The report, entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond," was released and presented during a hearing at the European Parliament. The report includes firsthand …

[read more]
by Stephen Adelgren

On Thursday the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) rejected a request by prosecutors to re-arrest nine individuals convicted of war crimes. The court ruled that since Bosnian law does not contain provisions for the re-arrest of someone already convicted of a crime, the European Convention on Human Rights requires the …

[read more]
by Taylor Gillan

The Italian Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that portions of the country's electoral law breach its constitution. This decision overturns both a measure in the law that prevents voters from choosing their parliamentary representative and one that gives extra seats to the party that receives the most votes. …

[read more]
by Samuel Franklin

The UN Security Council (UNSC) voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize deployment of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) following escalating violence in the nation's capital Bangui. Through Security Council Resolution 2127, the UNSC approved the existing International Support Mission (MISCA), a peacekeeping force created by the African Union (AU) to respond to …

[read more]
by Samuel Franklin

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Monday officially handed over its premises to the Sierra Leone government in its final act of its 11-year existence. The court was created in 2002 by the UN and Sierra Leone's government for the purpose of trying eight former Sierra Leonean militia leaders and former Liberian President Charles Taylor …

[read more]
by Lauren Laing

Two men who served as revolutionary symbols during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution were referred to trial on Thursday for charges of participating in an illegal protest and allegedly assaulting policemen. The first hearing for the two men, Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher, will be held on Sunday. Douma and Maher are now the first activists …

[read more]
by Lauren Laing

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday announced that it transferred two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the government of their native Algeria. Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred to Algerian custody despite their claims that they would likely face persecution in their home country. The DOD …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.