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Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A prominent human rights lawyer was fatally shot Saturday while delivering a press statement in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Tahir Elci was an influential figure [Al Jazeera report] in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, and he was the head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association [official website]. Elci was pronounced dead … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Kurdish lawyer in Turkey will face trial at a later date for comments he made about the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), when he said the group was not a terrorist organization but a political movement. Tahir Elci was detained [Reuters report] on Tuesday and released later that day, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Two independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday offered support for recent measures [press release; UN backgrounder] by India and China to limit the use of the death penalty. In August, the Law Commission of India … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] accused [news report] Turkish police of "disturbing abuse" Wednesday for their actions towards detainees in the renewed conflict with the Kurdish rebel forces [BBC backgrounder]. The abuses include cases in which men were severely beaten, kicked, forced to remain in kneeling positions for … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday spoke against the execution [press release] of an Iraqi man and his two wives in the Kurdistan region. Human rights officials feared that the hanging could mark a move back towards … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Iran reportedly executed [IBT report] Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) [official website], it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof Heyns stated … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] issued a briefing [PDF] on Tuesday that said the Islamic State (IS) has exposed Iraq's Yezdi minority to violence and torture. The briefing details the torturous behaviors IS has exhibited towards Yezdi women, including rape, sexual violence and forcing women and young girls to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Bilal Khan of United Kingdom's government sector
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second largest … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday called for intensive efforts [press release] to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's control over the judicial system. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, in French; press release] Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) [party website]. The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) [party website], asked the nation's high court on Friday to overturn a newly enacted law granting parliament greater control over the judiciary. The CHP claims the law is an attempt by the controlling party to avoid the consequences of the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC backgrounder] approved a law on Wednesday which increases government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the country. The new law [Reuters report] grants the Ministry of Justice [official website] greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) [official … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law granting itself greater control with respect to the judicial appointment process. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed the bill though parliament, thereby granting the Justice … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law giving parliament more control over how judges are appointed. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and even violence inside parliament [Al Jazeera report] the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed through the bill giving the Justice Ministry more control … [read more]

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