Legal news from Tuesday, March 18, 2014

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, in French; press release] Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) [party website]. The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Cairo on Tusday sentenced four police officers convicted of negligence and manslaughter for their roles in connection with the deaths of 37 Islamist detainees who reportedly died of asphyxiation when a tear gas grenade was fired into the truck they were being transported in. At the … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of UN human rights experts led by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic [official website], announced on Tuesday a new investigative report [text, PDF] into the Syrian conflict. The report describes horrific violence in Syria by rebel and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Myanmar [BBC profile] legislature [official website] on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures [Bangkok Post report] local media freedom from state censorship [BBC backgrounder] and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. … [read more]

[JURIST] An Istanbul prosecutor on Monday charged [Anadolu News report, in Turkish] five activists involved in anti-government protests last year. Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency [official website] reported that the protesters, members of a solidarity group, are charged with "forming a criminal gang, staging illegal demonstrations and public provocation" relating … [read more]

[JURIST] Viacom and Google [corporate websites] on Tuesday settled a copyright infringement lawsuit originally filed [JURIST report] by Viacom in 2007. The media conglomerate Viacom is known for its television networks including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1. In the original suit, Viacom sought $1 billion in damages as well … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty [speech] on Tuesday that incorporates Crimea, currently a part of Ukraine, into the Russian Federation. The agreement comes after a referendum [JURIST report] in which more than 95 percent of Crimean voters, largely ethnic Russians, elected … [read more]

[JURIST] At the completion of a five day assessment of Jordan's implementation of water and sanitation access for all, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque [official profile] released a preliminary report [press release] concluding that Jordan's current access system to … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday expressed concern [press release] about Algerian authorities suppressing demonstrations in the weeks leading up to the Algerian elections. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] is running for a fourth term, and the crackdown on protests appears to focus [UPI … [read more]

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