JURIST Daily Digest – 21 September 2016

JURIST Daily Digest

 In the 21 September 2016 edition:

Today’s Legal News

Latest Legal Commentary:

Today’s Legal News

UN report highlights worsening human rights situation in Burundi
By Ashley Hogan on Sep 20, 2016 06:04 pm
The UN Independent Investigation in Burundi (UNIIB) [official website] on Tuesday stated [press release] their grave concern about the current human rights situation in Burundi. The group found, “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” which they believe could amount to crimes against humanity by the government of Burundi and people associated with it. Among the calls for international action, the UNIIB called for the immediate creation of an international Commission of Inquiry into the situation. The UNIIB stated that…   +read more

Thailand court finds UK labor rights activist guilty of defamation
By Ashley Hogan on Sep 20, 2016 01:30 pm
Thailand’s Bangkok South Criminal Court found [Finnwatch report] British labor rights activist Andy Hall guilty of criminal defamation and violating cyber crime laws on Tuesday. The charges came about after Hall published Cheap Has a High Price [report, PDF], a report on labor abuse in the fruit canning sector. The 2013 report focused on a Natural Fruit Company Ltd. [corporate website] factory and alleged poor working conditions, low wages and instances of child labor. Natural Fruit, which is a major…   +read more

Former Serb commander goes on trial for war crimes
By Miracle Jones on Sep 20, 2016 12:59 pm
Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic went on trial for war crimes Tuesday in Croatia’s Split Court [official website]. Dragan is accused [N1 report, in Croatian] of torturing and murdering civilians and prisoners during the Croation War for independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Some of the crimes of which he is accused include crimes of aggression that resulted in the destruction of civilian homes, the deaths of a reporter and the murder of prisoners. He has staunchly denied the accusations, claiming he…   +read more

Gabon court to recount presidential election votes
By Miracle Jones on Sep 20, 2016 12:38 pm
Gabon’s Ambassador to the US [official website] said [NYT op-ed] Monday that ballots from the contested presidential election will be recounted in the coming days. The election results sparked days of protests and outrage when it was announced that incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba [official website, in French] won by less than 10,000 votes. The ambassador stressed that election was held in compliance with international law. He further claimed that representatives of the candidates also assisted with the initial counting…   +read more

Federal appeals court: North Carolina county commissioners can open meetings with prayer
By Taylor Isaac on Sep 20, 2016 12:15 pm
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [text, PDF] that Rowan County Commissioners in North Carolina may open public meetings with prayer. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of North Carolina [advocacy websites] brought the suit in 2013 on behalf of three Rowan County residents who were alleging that the opening prayers violated their First Amendment rights. The focus of the lawsuit is the opening prayer at almost all meetings, which…   +read more

California governor signs bill setting new state goals for cutting pollutants
By Taylor Isaac on Sep 20, 2016 11:31 am
California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Monday signed Senate Bill 1383 [legislative materials], which sets new state goals for cutting pollutants like methane, hydrofluorocarbons and soot, also referred to as black carbons [LAT report]. While comparing the fight against climate change to Noah’s ark, Brown said that reducing this “short lived” climate pollution will help the battle. The purpose of SB 1383 is “to achieve a reduction in methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon gases by 40%, and anthropogenic black carbon…   +read more

Bosnian Serbs to hold holiday referendum despite court ruling
By Alexandra Farone on Sep 20, 2016 10:55 am
Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik stated to the press on Monday that there will be referendum for Bosnian Serbs regarding a disputed holiday in their autonomous region. The referendum will take place [RFE/FL report] on September 25 and will ask residents of the Srpska region if the mini-state’s statehood day should remain on January 9. This vote defies a ruling by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court [official website] upholding a previous decision that the referendum is banned for being…   +read more

Latest Legal Commentary

Brazil’s President Impeached: Could It Happen Here?
By Joseph Marren on Sep 05, 2016 09:05 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph H. Marren discusses the impeachment of Brazil’s President… +read more

Land as the Center of Social and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia
By Henok G. Gabisa on Aug 30, 2016 01:49 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Henok G. Gabisa of the Bekele Gerba et al International Legal Defense Project discusses the motivation behind Olympic marathoner Feyisa Lilesa’s arm-crossed protest at the finish line at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil… +read more

Protecting Abortion Rights after Whole Woman’s Health
By Maya Manian on Aug 19, 2016 09:50 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the history of abortion laws, and how Whole Woman’s Health has impacted women’s constitutional right to access abortion care… +read more

American Bar Association Attacks Attorney Speech Rights
By Brad Abramson on Aug 17, 2016 09:08 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Brad Abramson discusses the new ABA amendment… +read more

What Next on Terror and Guns?
By Fredrick Vars on Aug 17, 2016 01:47 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars [PDF] of the University of Alabama School of Law, proposes a compromise federal approach to the problem of guns and terrorism… +read more

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