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5 days ago
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Mass graves in Iraq are being disturbed [HRW report], which could lead to destroyed evidence in proving possible genocide committed against the Yazidi, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report released on Saturday. Dozens of Yazidi people are believed to have been killed by the Islamic State … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] have approved an investigation into the 2008 Georgia/Russia [HRW profiles] conflict. Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda commented [statement] that the delay in ICC proceedings was prompted by independent investigations conducted by the governments of Georgia and Russia. Under the Rome Statute [materials], … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Islamic State (IS) fatwa [text, US government translation] was released on Tuesday that provides rules for when "owners" of women enslaved by IS may have sex with those captured women. The ruling was issued by IS theologians and includes provisions which forbid having intercourse with a female captive when … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday that the Islamic State (IS) is in possession of a "large and lethal" arsenal due to decades of reckless arms trading and the poorly regulated international flow of weapons into Iraq. AI reports that the IS military campaign has relentlessly targeted … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Iraqi government officials ordered Turkey on Saturday to withdraw hundreds of troops deployed near Mosul, the largest city currently controlled by Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants. Iraqi President Fouad Massoum stated that the deployment was a "violation of international norms and law" and may be … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Office (OHCHR) [official website] announced [press release] on Friday that it has received reports that human rights violations against Sunni Arab communities by Iraqi and Kurdish security forces are increasing in parts of Iraq that were reclaimed from the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [report, PDF] rights violations against the of children in Iraq [UN News Centre report] by the Islamic State (IS). Ban stated, "I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the continuous grave violations committed against children in armed conflict," noting in his … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that thousands of people, including children, are being arbitrarily detained in Libya [report]. The report highlights torture and other forms of ill-treatment in four prisons in Tripoli and Misrata, which were personally visited by HRW representatives. The report is based … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] President Obama, on Sunday, ordered an assessment of whether intelligence reports from US Central Command (Centcom) [official website] were changed by supervisory military personnel before formal submission to present a more optimistic picture of the American military campaign against the Islamic State (IS). Over the last few weeks, the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday condemned [press release] the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, as an "appalling disregard for human life." The attack killed at least 41 people in the capital of Lebanon. The Islamic State (IS) [JURIST Backgrounder] has taken responsibility for the attack in which two … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum [website] voiced support [press release] for the Yazidi community [NYT backgrounder] in Iraq on Thursday and said that the Islamic State (IS) militants committed genocide against the Yazidi people. The atrocities witnessed by the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide [website] "Bearing Witness" … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] gave a statement [text] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits [press release] the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The President of Palestine, HE Mahmoud Abbas, and other Palestinian foreign officials met with the chief prosecutor [ICC press release] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday, where the Palestinian officials presented documents that purportedly contain evidence of war crimes by Israel. The ICC prosecutor's office, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] is urging India to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [ICC charges] when he visits the country this week. The office of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said that even though India is not an ICC signatory, the UN Security Council has lifted Bashir's … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Thursday that Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seeking to open an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, and that the matter has been assigned [decision, PDF] to Pre-Trial Chamber I. Bensouda filed notice with the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Nigerian authorities on Saturday turned over to the International Criminal Court [ICC press release] an Islamic extremist wanted for his role in the 2012 destruction of religious and historically significant monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, also known as Abu Tourab, was surrendered to the ICC's … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's Yazidi minority [NYT backgrounder] on Thursday submitted a report [ICC Observer report] to the International Criminal Court [official website] detailing the crimes committed against their community by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and urged the court to open an investigation. The Yazidi group met with … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] has requested [order, PDF] that South Africa provide an explanation for the country's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile]. As an ICC member, South Africa was required to arrest Bashir on his two-day stay in the country during a mid-June … [read more]

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