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6 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday condemned [press release] the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

A sharia high court in Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced cleric Abdulaziz Dauda and nine others to death by hanging for committing blasphemy against the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. The prosecution [BBC report] claimed that Duada, a preacher also known as Abdul Inyass, stated that the Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the founder of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] condemned [press release] Boko Haram on Sunday for the group's alleged involvement in a triple suicide attack on the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad Saturday that left more than 30 dead and injured over 130. The attack [Al Jazeera report] targeted a … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Supreme Court on Monday sentenced [WAM report] a Kuwait lawmaker for his comments and criticism directed to the UAE and state officials. Last year Kuwaiti lawmaker Mubarak al-Duwailah criticized [AP report] Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan on live television … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A UN human rights expert on Monday advised [press release] Nigerian officials to halt mass, unlawful evictions and demolitions in the region of Badia, Lagos, exoressing concern over the homelessness resulting from a lack of adequate housing and compensation to victims. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha [profile], an expert on the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Bangladesh [press release] Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday condemned [UN News Centre report] the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that left 30 dead and approximately 80 injured. The attacks occurred when a bomb exploded around 8:00 PM at a fruit and vegetable market beside a main road in the Jambutu area … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders who were convicted of war crimes for their involvement in the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, second in command of the Jamaat-e-Islami group, and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Bangladesh has asked [VOA report] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to retract its criticism of the country's execution plans for opposition politicians convicted of war crimes at a local tribunal. In 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] convicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Bangladesh to make a significant effort to prevent extremists from targeting writers, publishers and other potential victims. Zeid stressed that civilians should not feel threatened to exercise their right of free expression. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egypt's state news agency MENA [official website] reported Monday that government security forces have arrested the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party [party website] and another top ranked member of the party. A source from the Egyptian security forces revealed [Ahram report] that secretary general … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court found the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri innocent of terrorism charges on Thursday. Mohamed al-Zawahri was the leader [AP report] of the Jihadi Salafist [PBS backgrounder] group and was an ally of ex-president Mohammed Morsi, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed al-Zawahiri … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced Tuesday it is setting up an office in Nigeria [AI report] to investigate human rights abuses. In a showing of "solidarity with the victims of human rights violations," AI has established a permanent base in Abuja that will serve as the "main base … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Nigerian authorities on Saturday turned over to the International Criminal Court [ICC press release] an Islamic extremist wanted for his role in the 2012 destruction of religious and historically significant monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, also known as Abu Tourab, was surrendered to the ICC's … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released [press release] Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] details the atrocities committed by Boko Haram [JURIST news archive] in Northern Cameroon, resulting in the killing of at least 400 civilians. The report details the extensive human rights violation, including shootings and suicide bombings, … [read more]

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