World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 26 August 2017

World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 26 August 2017

Here’s the international legal news we covered this week:

[JURIST] A South Korean court sentenced billionaire head of Samsung [corporate website] Lee Jae-yong [Forbes backgrounder] to five years in jail for bribery on Friday.
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] failed to appear in court to hear the verdict in her trial Friday, amid reports that she had fled the country to Dubai [CNN report].

Yingluck was facing corruption charges involving mismanagement of a rice-subsidy program, estimated to have cost the government billions of dollars.

[JURIST] A nine-judge panel of the Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that privacy is a “constitutionally protected value.” The ruling could have drastic consequences for the government—particularly the country’s biometric identification program, Aadhaar [official website].
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [official website] requested [Press release] that the US government, high-level politicians and public officials “unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.” Although the committee did not call out President Donald Trump by name, it specified that the response to Charlottesville was a “failure at the highest political level.” The committee also requested that the US ensure the constitutional rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are not used to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.
[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] published a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday urging the Iraqi government to ensure the rights of those individuals sexually victimized by Islamic State (IS) forces.
Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong confessed at a trial on Tuesday to attempting to overthrow the Chinese government.
The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that Islam’s instant divorce law, which allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying the word “talaq” three times, was unconstitutional.
[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] released a special report [text] on Sunday detailing the human rights violations committed during attacks on the Mirza Olang village earlier this month.
[JURIST] A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced 10 individuals to death for plotting to bomb a rally held by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000.
Chile’s Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday approved legislation that would legalize abortion in certain circumstances.
Three democracy activists were jailed on Thursday for participating in the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, which lead to thousands of Hong Kong citizens protesting on Sunday in opposition of their imprisonment.