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Legal News
2 days ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel has decided to open a dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on an investigation into Israel's conduct in the Gaza Strip last summer according to a Thursday report [Haaretz report] by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the ICC has no … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping operations Edmund Mulet [official profile] said [press release] Tuesday that the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan is continuing to harm civilians. Presenting the Report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur [text, PDF] to the UN … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] [JURIST] A Bangladeshi police official on Monday said that Bangladeshi police have arrested two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] on suspicion that the pair were planning to fight for IS in Syria. According to Sheikh Nazmul Alam, a senior official of the police detective branch, … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential [AP report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp [JURIST report] have suffered "untold indignities" [UN News Centre report]. There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [official website] will make an urgent trip [press release] to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law [press release], known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act [Malaysian Insider report]. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that although the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] has been accused of widespread atrocities throughout Iraq and Syria, her office lacks jurisdiction [statement] to open a formal investigation into the group. Despite allegations of "crimes … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday requested assistance [press release] from the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [NYT backgrounder], who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict [HRC backgrounder]. In asking the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile]. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander made his first appearance [JURIST report] before the ICC at the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crime[s] targeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents [CNN report] in December 2014 and January … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that a report [text, DOC], produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website], "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during … [read more]

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