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Brazil: Civil Code Amended to Exclude Heirs Who Kill for Inheritance

(Nov. 21, 2017) On November 9, 2017, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the bill of law No. 9/2017, which amends the Civil Code to allow the Public Prosecutor’s Office to request the withdrawal of inheritance rights from heirs who have been the perpetrators of intentional homicide or attempted murder against the person who left the […]

United Arab Emirates: Good Samaritan Pays Blood Money to Save Young Men from Execution

(June 15, 2017) An appeals court in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, issued a decision on May 25, 2017, absolving ten young Indian men from Punjab of the murder of a Pakistani fellow worker. The men were pardoned after a Dubai-based businessman paid blood money to the victim’s father.  (Anju Agnihotri Chaba, Back from Death […]

Taiwan: Removal of Statute of Limitations on Homicide Proposed in Major Reform of Criminal Code

(Apr. 26, 2017) On March 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice, “in a landmark legal reform,” issued a draft text for public comment on recommended amendments to the Criminal Code and to its law of implementation, among them the elimination of the country’s current statute of limitations on homicide to allow the prosecution of murders […]

Egypt: Court of Cassation Acquits Former President of Murder

(Mar. 10, 2017) On March 2, 2017, the Court of Cassation (Egypt’s highest court) dismissed all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak related to the killing of protesters in what is known as “the events of the January 25th [2011] revolution.”  (Hosni Mubarak Acquitted over 2011 Protester Killings, AL JAZEERA (Mar. 2, 2017).) Following the […]

Burkina Faso: General Charged in Coup Attempt

(Oct. 14, 2015) On October 6, 2015, General Gilbert Diendere of Burkina Faso and Djibril Bassole, the country’s former foreign minister, were each charged with 11 crimes related to the attempted coup of September 2015. Diendere, who surrendered following the end of the coup attempt, will be tried by a military tribunal for charges including […]

Burundi/UN: Rights Commissioner Raises Issue of Extrajudicial Killings

(Oct. 5, 2015) On September 28, 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commented on “an alarming upsurge in arrests, detention and killings” in Burundi since the beginning of September of this year. Almost every day, dead bodies are found lying on the streets of some of Bujumbura’s [the […]

Indonesia: Death of Child Brings Calls for Reform of Child Protection, Adoption Legislation

(June 18, 2015) An infamous case of violence against a child has led to calls for reform in child protection and adoption legislation in Indonesia. On June 10, 2015, the body of an eight-year old girl was found in Bali; she had been buried in the backyard of her adoptive mother’s house. (Unlawful Child Adoption […]

Malawi: President Announces Plan to Protect Albinos

(Apr. 2, 2015) On March 19, 2015, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika announced a plan to protect the albinos in the county. There have been 15 cases of albinos abducted and killed across several countries already this year. Albino individuals have long been preyed on in some African nations, including neighboring Tanzania as well as Malawi, […]

France: Germanwings Crash Being Investigated as Homicide

(Mar. 26, 2015) The March 25, 2015, crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps is being investigated as a potential involuntary homicide. (Crash de l’A320: Hollande, Merkel et Rajoy se recueillent sur les lieux du drame [A320 Crash: Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy Gather to Mourn on the Location of the Disaster], LE POINT […]

Israel: Provisions on Parole of Convicted Murderers

(Nov. 6, 2014) On November 4, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) Plenum approved the second and third reading of the Parole Bill (Amendment No. 14), 5775-2014. (Press Release, Knesset, Final Approval: People Who Commit Exceptionally Severe Acts of Murder Will Not Be Freed Until They Serve at Least 40 Years of Their Sentence (Nov. 4, […]