World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 24 March 2018

World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 24 March 2018

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

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled this week that software is not a good, overruling [opinion] the lower court opinion.
UN human rights experts expressed concern [press release] Friday over the diminishing health of Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer jailed in China for inciting subversion of state power.

Jaing’s health has dramatically deteriorated in recent months, and the experts believe that he suffers from severe memory loss and that he may have been drugged.

US President Donald Trump [official website] signed a presidential memorandum [text] on Thursday calling for the US Trade Representative [official website] to develop a list of proposed tariffs against goods from China.

The trade representative has 15 days to publish the list of proposed tariffs, which will undergo a period of notice and comment.

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak [Reuters profile] was arrested and jailed early Friday on multiple corruption charges, including bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The Seoul Central District Court [official website] approved the arrest warrant based on serious allegations of crime and the possibility that the ex-president may attempt to destroy evidence.

At the UN Human Rights Council [official website] Wednesday, 45 nations condemned [text] the increasingly authoritarian actions taken by the regime in Cambodia.

Last fall, opposition leader Kem Sokha [JURIST report] was jailed and is being held in terrible conditions in an isolated prison.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged Eastern Caribbean countries to repeal colonial “buggery” laws [report].

Among a variety of requests, HRW urged the countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St.

A committee of independent experts under the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Polish parliament to reject a proposed bill that would further restrict abortion rights in Poland.

The bill would ban abortion in situations where there is a severe fetal anomaly, one of only three legal grounds for termination of pregnancy available in a country that already has one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.

A UN report has identified [text, PDF] profound human rights violations during the extended state of emergency in Turkey.
The prosecutor general of the Maldives brought charges [text, PDF] against 11 current and former government officials Tuesday.
[JURIST] Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile] was taken into custody [Local report] Tuesday morning for questioning regarding allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile].
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday rejected [judgment] a request [press release] made by Ireland to find that the “Hooded Men” previously detained by the UK had suffered torture.

Dismissing the request 6-1, the ECHR stated there was no justification in revising the 1978 decision [text] that found the treatment of the men was inhumane and degrading.

An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday submitted a report [text, PDF] to the Human Rights Council in Geneva highlighting Israel’s failure to ensure the health and welfare of Palestinians living under their control.

Michael Lynk, the current Special Rapporteur to the Human Rights Council, found [press release] that the healthcare system provided to Palestinians living in Gaza was deteriorating.

A three-judge panel of the Inner House of the Scotland Court of Session [official website] on Tuesday ordered [text, PDF] a hearing on whether a referral may be made to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on the revocability of the UK’s notice of intention to withdraw from the EU.
Amenesty International [advocacy website] on Tuesday warned [press release] that China’s new Supervision Law is a “systemic threat to human rights.”

The stated purpose of the new law is to centralize local and provincial supervision bodies in order to limit corruption.

[JURIST] Golos [advocacy website], a Russian organization which advocates for fair elections, reported [text, in Russian] numerous, large-scale instances of electoral fraud at Sunday’s election, in which Vladimir Putin was reelected.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday said [press release] the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) violated human rights law after a report [PDF, in French] emerged that the DRC severely restricted and violently suppressed the right to freedom of peaceful assembly since early 2017.
UN human rights experts on Monday called [press release] for the immediate release of two human rights defenders in Iran after reports emerged that the two defenders had been subjected to beatings in detention.