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Zimbabwe judge denies bail for activists charged with planning coup
A Zimbabwe magistrate ruled [Herald report] Wednesday that Zimbabwe Peace Project leader Jestina Mukoko and several others would have to remain in jail until their hearings before the Zimbabwe Supreme Court. Mukoko and the other activist (More)
Zimbabwe court delays ruling on release of rights activist
A Zimbabwean court on Monday delayed ruling on whether leading human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and eight other activists charged with plotting to overthrow the government should be released pending trial. Mukoko, the head of the Zimbabwe Pe (More)
Zimbabwe rights activist jailed despite court order for release
Leading Zimbabwe human rights activist Jestina Mukoko has been taken to the high-security Chikurubi prison outside of Harare in violation of a court order that she be taken to a hospital, according to human rights lawyers Friday. Mukoko, who is c (More)
Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
President of the Global Justice Center Janet Benshoof said Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] last week are co-conspirators of crimes ag (More)
UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana , (More)
Myanmar opposition leaders receive 65-year prison terms
A closed court in military-ruled Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has sentenced three top pro-democracy leaders to 65 years in prison, relatives of the leaders told AFP Saturday. Activists Min Ko Naing , Ko Ko Gyu, and Ktay Kywe were (More)
Saudi activists launch 48-hour hunger strike for legal reforms
A collective of Saudi citizens began a 48-hour hunger strike Thursday to protest what it called the illegal detention of 11 political reformists and to call for judicial reform. The protesters, who include Saudi lawyers, scholars, and activists, ho (More)
JURIST launches Facebook presence
JURIST has launched an official page on Facebook, the rapidly-growing social networking portal. The page is designed to give our US and worldwide audience a space in which to share their JURIST experiences and their common interest in the legal news (More)
UK libel law discourages free speech: UN rights committee
The United Nations Committee on Human Rights has criticized British libel laws for stifling freedom of speech, according to Thursday media reports. In a report issued after its 93rd session in Geneva, the Committee said restrictive laws may enco (More)
Malaysia opposition leader releases medical report disputing sodomy charges
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] released a medical report Tuesday that he said refuted sodomy allegations made against him by a former aide. According to the report, the initial examining doctor at a pr (More)