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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]

Legal News
23 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A UN report published Friday found that the Sudanese government has failed to address human rights violations in Darfur. The report [text, PDF], based on information provided by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website], details widespread human rights violations and "endemic impunity." UNAMID reported that … [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
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
2 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] warned [press release] Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13 [Sudan Tribune report]. The briefing detailed … [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
27 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Secretary-General on Friday condemned [press release] a decision by the Sudanese government to remove two senior UN officials from the country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] which included remarks stating that the sanctioning of UN officials by the Sudanese government was "unacceptable." … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2014
by Elinor Fry of VU University Amsterdam
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her office is considering the possibility of investigating acts … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] Friday that her office is dropping its investigation [report, PDF] into the situation in Darfur [ICC materials]. According to Bensouda, there has been no substantial progress in the investigation into … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Sudanese government has made a formal request to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website] to close their human rights office in Khartoum following accusations of worrying abuses and violations by their peacekeepers. This request [Guardian report] is believed to stem from the strained relationship … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2014
by Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Defense counsel for convicted war criminal Germain Katanga [ICC backgrounder] discontinued their appeal [press release] Wednesday, effectively finalizing the International Criminal Court's [official website] judgment against him in March. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group Force de refsistance patriotique en Ituri … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action to end the conflict in Darfur [JURIST news archive] and bring perpetrators to justice [UN News Centre report]. Bensouda noted that it has been nearly 10 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Apr 2014
by Fred Nkusi of Independent Institute of Law Adventists of Kigali
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred K. Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda argues that the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is a period of mourning for those lost as well as remembrance of the international community's failure to comply with … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest [press release] of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment [JURIST report] on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Nouwen of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law argues that the challenge facing both South Sudan and the international community is to ensure the South Sudanese right to decide on a future they want ... These days are crucial for South Sudan. The most immediate … [read more]

14 Jan 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

In January 2005, the Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a historic peace accord and, in the process, laid the foundation for the formation of South Sudan. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement concluded a 21-year civil war between the parties and sought to restore peace in Sudan. … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Sudan's National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) admitted on Thursday during a press conference the existence of human rights violations in the country including restrictions on freedoms and civil and political rights. The NCHR's complaints committee disclosed [ST report] that it received a total of 125 complaints from 2012 … [read more]

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