Lѐse majesté laws, which criminalize an offense against the dignity of a reigning monarch or head of state, are certainly not new laws. The question here, however, is what place these laws have in the current world regime. Thailand has some of the most strict lѐse majesté laws in the world, and it is not one of the antiquated laws that the government has simply forgotten about. The lѐse majesté laws of Thailand carry a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of fifteen years.
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Posted by Christopher A. Byrd on Fri. March 27, 2015 10:16 AM
The United Nations (UN) recently released a report drawing attention to escalating violence in Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement. There has been a marked surge in casualties that the UN Report attributes to an influx of Russian troops and heavy artillery. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the fighting started in April. Between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015, at least 1,012 people were killed and at least 3,793 were wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.
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Posted by Lauren F. Tonon on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:33 PM
Categories: European Union, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations
Canada created the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program. The Program requires immigrant investors to make a $2 million, non-guaranteed investment for 15 years into the IIVC fund, which will be used to invest in Canadian start-ups. Furthermore, each investor must have a net worth of at least $10 million.This is a similar stipulation used in other countries’ immigrant investor programs—the U.K. requires an individual to have $3.1 million to get a visa for investment into the country and Australia requires $12.3 million.
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Posted by Felicia M. Hyde on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:14 PM
Categories: Canada, Investment in Foreign Markets
A Japanese man, Hideyuki Noguchi, was charged with incapacitated rape of 39 women. The police confirmed 39 rapes, but Noguchi confessed there were 100 victims. However, there is no life in prison sentence in the Japanese legal system. Noguchi will at most have to serve 30 years in prison. The maximum sentencing guidelines applicable to Noguchi highlights a deficiency of the Japanese legal system.
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Posted by Madeleine M. Pfefferle (Maddi) on Mon. March 2, 2015 5:37 PM
Categories: Criminal Law, Japan