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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released a 37-page report on Monday calling on those with ground-level control to declare that recent acts by the Islamic State (IS) and other militants will not be tolerated and "to immediately take action to stop acts in breach of international … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Monday began hearings in the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who claims the British government assisted in his 2004 rendition by US forces. Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok in 2004 and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent six … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
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 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Thursday strongly condemned [press release] the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report [press release] by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released [press release] a peace proposal on Tuesday in effort to end the country's political instability and "deteriorating military situation." Among many ideas offered, UNSMIL proposed the creation of a unity government "composed of independent personalities not belonging to any … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported evidence [press release] that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] claimed [press release] Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that … [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]

Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday released [press release] a report [text, PDF] detailing the violent attacks on Libyan journalists by various armed groups over the past two years. The 54-page report, entitled "War on the Media: Journalists Under Attack in Libya," explains how the attacks, kidnappings … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The law was passed [JURIST report] in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] to ban anyone who … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. The … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official websites] on Monday released a joint report [text, PDF] describing civilian populations in Libya being subjected to shelling, abduction, torture, execution and deliberate destruction of property. In a press release [text] accompanying the report, UN … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Fatou Bensouda, on Tuesday warned that increasing violence and political instability in Libya are impeding measures to end impunity. In a briefing [text, PDF] to the UN Security Council [official website], Bensouda encouraged the government of Libya to cooperate … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Libya's Supreme Court on Thursday declared the UN-backed elected parliament unconstitutional. The ongoing crisis in Libya has created two rival parliaments [Reuters report], one based in the nation's capital Tripoli, and the other, which was declared illegitimate by the high court, based in the northeastern city of Tobruk. The … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A British court ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that a former Libyan military commander can sue the British government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition. In 2004, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent … [read more]

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