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Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Valentina Azarov of the Al-Quds Bards College, Al-Quds University says that Israel's actions in the Palestinian territories violate international law, specifically in regards to the illegal construction of settlements. She also argues that third-party states should seek to enforce international norms in their legal relationships with Israel...In … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Valentina Azarov of Al-Quds Bards College, Al-Quds University says that the ICC was wrong to find that it did not have jurisdiction over Palestine, but due to the procedural nature of the decision, there are still avenues open for Palestine in the ICC...On April 3, 2012, the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Wednesday urged member states to put an end to sexual orientation-based violence [press release] and discrimination. In a video address [video; transcript], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] acknowledged that sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive subjects, but said action … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday called for countries around the world to abolish laws discriminating against gay and lesbian individuals [press release]. The message, read on his behalf by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] during a panel discussion about ending … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [official website] on Monday voted 23-13 to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) [advocacy website] as a consultative non-governmental organization (NGO). IGLHRC, an human rights organization for those discriminated against based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Ugandan Parliament [official website] voted unanimously Thursday to outlaw [press release] female genital mutilation (FGM) [UN backgrounder]. Under the new legislation [AFP report], anyone who conducts the procedure faces a 10-year prison sentence, and anyone convicted of aggravated FGM faces life imprisonment. Aggravated FGM would include situations where … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] The UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] was formally abolished Wednesday by a resolution [ECOSOC press release] of the UN Economic and Social Council [official website] adopted without a formal vote. The resolution calls for the completion of the commission's currently-suspended [JURIST report] sixty-second session and the final … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The last annual meeting [UN backgrounder] of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] in Geneva was delayed [press release] again Monday as the body waits for a procedural vote by the UN Economic and Social Council [official website] in order to proceed. The Commission met for only … [read more]

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