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Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Monday that at least 21 people died [press release] in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in attacks aimed at Hutus, with 40 more people being wounded and dozens of houses burned. This … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Algerian Parliament on Sunday approved a package of constitutional reforms by a vote of 499-2, with 16 abstentions. The reforms include a two-term limit for the office of the president [Al Jazeera report] and recognition of the Amazigh language as an official language in Algeria. Amazigh is spoken … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday opened the confirmation of charges hearing against accused Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen [ICC materials]. This is the first major hearing for a leader of the LRA, and groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] have … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday announced new international adoption legislation as well as a review of pending cases since the country banned non-residents from adopting in 2013. The new legislation would mandate [AP report] an in-person hearing from anyone who looks to adopt … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Approximately six million Rwandans on Saturday approved a referendum [Al Jazeera report] by a vote of 98% to amend Article 101 of the Rwanda constitution [text] which states the president may only serve two seven-year terms. The referendum [Telegraph report] will allow President Paul Kagame [offiical profile] to serve … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] agents on Thursday announced the arrest [press release] of Rwandan genocide suspect, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a USD $5 million bounty [BBC report]. Ntaganzwa, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] for genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday granted early release [decision, PDF; press release] to convicted war criminal Germain Katanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A three-judge panel of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC conducted a review of Katanga's sentence [ICC case … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Republic of the Congo's electoral commission announced Tuesday that voters have approved an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The amendment, approved by the citizens of the Congo in a referendum Sunday, allows … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Government officials in the Republic of the Congo on Monday announced a referendum on an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that could allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The proposed amendment allows presidents to renew their term twice and removes the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Former Congolese vice president Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [IJM profile] pleaded not guilty [ICC case materials] on Tuesday to charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba is accused of paying witnesses and coaching them to give false testimony in his war crimes trial before the International Criminal … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A court in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to multi-year jail sentences for their roles in a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009. Leading the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], Ignace Murwanashyaka … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Denis Sassou Nguesso [official website], President of the Republic of the Congo, announced on Tuesday that he is moving forward with a national constitutional referendum, in what many call a ploy to extend his presidency. The referendum [DW report] will concern issues such as raising the maximum age for … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The trial of Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a former Congolese military leader also known as "The Terminator," began at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday. The rebel leader has pleaded innocent to the 18 charges [case information sheet] levied against him, including rape, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lambert Mende, announced Wednesday that President Joseph Kabila [Forbes backgrounder] signed parliament-approved legislation to keep elections on a timeline that will not violate the Constitution [text, PDF]. Beginning in January, protests and demonstrations [JURIST report] have taken place across … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Aug 2015
by Dimas Kuncoro Jati of Gadjah Mada University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimas Kuncoro Jati, of Gadjah Mada University, discusses the separatist movement in the West Papua and estimates its chances of exercising secession from Indonesia under the Kosovo scenario ... West Papua separatists are allegedly trying to seek international community attention by arranging a new strategy to compose … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday addressed the challenges [statement] of upholding the fundamental rights of children in war zones, stating that protecting children is a "moral imperative and legal obligation." The Secretary-General spoke on the issue during an open debate on children and armed conflict which … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [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]

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