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Turkey: Court Rules that Child Can Be Exempted from Compulsory Religious Classes

(Mar. 30, 2017) It was reported on March 15, 2017, that a court in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya had issued a decision stating that “compulsory religion classes are ‘openly against the law.’” The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by an atheist family seeking to have their child, “E.D.,” exempted from compulsory […]

Sweden: Court Rules Legislation Must Be Made Available Free of Charge

(Mar. 29, 2017) On March 15, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Court, in an advisory decision, explained that laws and regulations must be available free of charge to the public in order for a conviction or a fine imposed under their relevant provisions to be lawful. (Press Release Högsta domstolen,  Författningar måste vara tillgängliga i läsbar […]

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Approves Bill Abolishing Military Courts

(Mar. 23, 2017) On December 27, 2016, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed into law amendments to the Constitutional Law on the Status of Judges of the Kyrgyz Republic that had been adopted by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. (Optimization of Spending: Military Courts Are Terminated in Kyrgyzstan, SPUTNIK-TJ.COM,  (Dec. 27, 2016) (in Russian); Law […]

European Union: Court of Justice Rules Member States Not Required Under EU Law to Issue Humanitarian Visas

(Mar. 14, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that Member States are not obligated under European Union law to issue humanitarian visas to asylum seekers, because such applications fall within the scope of national law. (Case C-638/16, X and X v. État belge (Mar. 7, 2017), CURIA.) Facts of […]

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 […]

Sweden: Man Sentenced to Prison for Soliciting Funding of Terrorist Organizations

(Feb. 28, 2017) On February 23, 2017, Malmö District Court sentenced a Swedish national to six months’ imprisonment for having “enticed funding” for the terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State (IS). (Press Release, Fängelse för uppmaningar på Facebook om att finansiera terroristbrott [Prison for Enticement, on Facebook, to Fund Terrorist Crimes], Malmö tingsrätt […]

Indonesia: Court Finds Company Guilty of Starting Forest Fire

(Feb. 21, 2017) On February 7, 2017, the South Jakarta District Court issued a guilty decision against the company PT Waringin Agro Jaya (WAJ), which markets palm oil.  The company was found to have deliberately lit a fire to clear land in South Sumatra Province, leading to a forest fire.  WAJ was ordered to pay […]

Egypt: Constitutional Court Grants Coptic Christians the Right to Paid Leave for Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

(Feb. 17, 2017) On February 5, 2017, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt rendered a decision granting Coptic Christians who are civil servants the right to paid work leave for one month to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  (Egypt Court Rules Coptic Christians, Like Muslims, Have Right to Paid Holidays for Pilgrimage, EGYPTIAN STREETS (Feb. […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Adds Four More Circuit Courts

(Feb. 13, 2017) On December 28 and 29, 2016, the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), officially inaugurated their operations.  (Zuigao Fa Disan Disi Xunhui Fating Jiepai, Kaishi Zhengshi Bangong) [SPC 3rd and 4th Circuit Courts Launched, Started Formal Operations], XINHUANET (Dec. 29, 2016); Zuigao Renmin […]

African Union: Resolution Urges States to Leave ICC

(Feb. 10, 2017) On February 1, 2017, the African Union (AU) issued a resolution, based on a decision taken the day before, encouraging member nations to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). (African Union Backs Mass Withdrawal from ICC, BBC NEWS (Feb. 1, 2017); Gwenyth Gamble, African Union Leaders Back Leaving ICC, PAPER CHASE […]