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Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report [materials] released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A UN commission on Monday reported widespread human rights abuses [transcript] in Eritrea. Following a four-month investigation of the country's human rights situation, the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea [official website] found instances of torture and a high number of detentions. Many Eritrean citizens survive on … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) [official website] to stabilize areas that have … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday adopted a resolution [press release] establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and religion. Arbitrary imprisonment … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings [press release, PDF] during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan has … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing to accept … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday released a report [text] outlining the prevalent trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees for ransom by Sudanese and Egyptian individuals that has been occurring since 2010. Victims stated in the report that traffickers kidnapped and tortured them in order to extort … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [report] Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engaging in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A team of Dutch and Swedish researchers released a report [text, press release] on Wednesday which concluded that senior military officers in Eritrea are kidnapping Eritrean children and smuggling them into Sudan. The report, entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond," was released and presented during a hearing … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the Eritrean government to respect its obligation to human rights, and called for protection for the hundreds of thousands of citizens currently fleeing the country for safety. It is mandatory that young Eritreans, both male and female, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2013
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website], Remigiusz Henczel [official website], on Wednesday presented the annual report [text, PDF] to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website], claiming [press release] that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth [official website] appealed [press release] to the international community on Thursday to keep the Eritrean human rights situation in focus and to increase efforts to aid refugees. Approximately 300,000 Eritrean refugees fled the country in 2012 alone, and the UN Refugee Agency estimates [UNHCR … [read more]


Student Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would reinforce the domestic politics of conflict and post-conflict states … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants [official website] Francois Crepeau urged [press release] the EU on Monday to adopt a new approach to migration that focuses on the rights of migrants. The discussion was centered around last week's sinking of the Lampedusa [BBC report] off … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] on Monday invalidated the 2012 amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration [text, PDF], declaring the act unconstitutional. The law [JURIST report] had allowed [LAT report] police forces to arrest undocumented immigrants and detain them for up to three years … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] A UN special reporter said Tuesday that the current situation in Eritrea warrants close scrutiny [press release] from the international community. Sheila Keetharuth [official profile] made the statement based on her findings during a 10-day mission to obtain knowledge from refugees in Ethiopia and Djibouti. The total number of … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Investing in Eritrea's mines without assurance of fair labor practices could lead to allegations of complicity in human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] warned [text] Tuesday. The 29-page report, titled "Hear No Evil: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea's Mining Sector," documents the failure of … [read more]

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