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Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Egypt violated international law during the creation of a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. According to HRW, the creation of the buffer zone required demolition of more than 3,200 buildings [HRW report] in the Sinai Peninsula between … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report [text, PDF] published Friday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. This number equals the total death count [AP report] recorded between 2010 and … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] and the chairperson of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] Frances Raday on Wednesday urged [text] the Sudanese government to stop the practice of threatening women with … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Liesel LeCates, University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2014, discusses the recent sentences by an Egyptian military tribunal against protesters supporting of the ousted president Muhamad Morsi, and whether the sentences were legitimate and fair ...Historically, many insurgencies have been justified with … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Matthew C. Kane of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Oklahoma City University School of Law says that, while the Ugandan Amnesty Act may have granted amnesty to Thomas Kwoyelo, his future is far from settled . . .On September 23, 2011, JURIST reported … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Thursday praised [statement; UN News Centre report] a convention passed by the African Union (AU) [official website, English] to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs). The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) [text, PDF] was … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official website] on Wednesday called on the Egyptian government and courts to stop permitting evidence acquired through torture [press release] to be admitted in any legal proceedings including military trials. The announcement comes after three men were sentenced to death on terrorism … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday was elected the first female leader of the African Union (AU) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Dlamini-Zuma, 63, is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was voted into office [AP report] on Sunday evening after she successfully challenged the incumbent … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website; JURIST news archive] will vote on whether to establish a continental criminal court to try human rights crimes, an AU official said Friday. Judge Gerard Niyungeko, president of the African Court on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR), said that he believes an African … [read more]

Legal News
15 Mar 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders on Wednesday joined special rapporteurs from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official websites] in urging governments around the world to stop reprisals against individuals and groups … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Friday rejected an appeal by former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [case materials], upholding a decision to transfer his case to the Republic of Rwanda to be tried in the Rwandan national court system. The ICTR ordered the transfer [JURIST … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Damian Ugwu, Executive Director of the Social Justice & Advocacy Initiative, says that the recent bill prohibiting same-sex marriage in Nigeria has ominous implications for a broad range of individual rights in the country...On November 29, 2011, the Nigerian Senate unanimously passed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday transferred the case [press release] of former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [Hague Justice profile; case materials] to the Republic of Rwanda to be tried in the Rwandan national court system under Rule 11 bis, which … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The African Commission on Human and People's Rights [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that the government of Kenya violated the rights of the Endorois [MRGI backgrounder] people when it forcibly evicted them from their land. The Endorois are a group of about 60,000 people who were removed from … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The African Court on Human and People's Rights (AfCHPR) [official website] issued its first decision [judgment, PDF] Tuesday, finding that it lacks jurisdiction to hear a case against Senegal on whether charges against former Chadian president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] should be dropped. Chadian national Michelot … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] At least 2,390 people were executed throughout 25 countries in 2008, according to a report [text, PDF; AI press release] released Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website], up from the reported 1,252 executions in 2007 [AI report, PDF]. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the US account for … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Minority Rights Group International (MRGI) [advocacy website] released a report [PDF text; press release] Wednesday criticizing the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights [official website] for its failure to effectively institute a court to adjudicate human rights issues on the continent. MRGI said the African Court on Human … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The African Commission on Human and People's Rights [official website] will review alleged human rights violations committed by Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] after African non-governmental organizations placed the issue on the agenda of ACHPR's 41st session, which began Wednesday. In an interview [recorded audio] with VOA News, Wilbert Mandinde, … [read more]

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