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4 days ago
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
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that approximately 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, further threatening the future of their societies. Nearly one in four children between the ages of six and 15 in conflict are out of school. South Sudan has the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] More than a dozen death row inmates in Zimbabwe on Sunday submitted a plea to the nation's constitutional court through a local NGO, arguing that their death sentences are unconstitutional. The inmates have spent between four and 20 years on death row [All Africa report] for murder charges. The … [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
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu announced this weekend that there will be a moratorium placed on anti-homosexuality laws in Malawi, effectively suspending enforcement of these laws until a decision is made regarding repeal. Along with this decision [BBC report] came the release of two men that were arrested under these laws. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that the Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] can be sued in a Dutch court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. The ruling [text, in Dutch] stems from a suit brought by four Nigerian farmers that claimed Shell and its … [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
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
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
3 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) [corporate website] has failed to clean oil-polluted areas of the Niger Delta despite the company's assurances that it has properly handled the oil spills, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. Under Nigerian law, any company that controls an oil pipeline or well … [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
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a same-sex spouse is not entitled to his husband's full pension benefits in the event of death. John Walker worked for Innospec but retired in 2003, two years before same-sex civil partnerships were recognized in the UK. In … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The interim government of Burkina Faso on Thursday apprehended the leader of the week-long military coup in September, announcing that he will face military justice. Gilbert Diendere [DW Akademie report] was a general in the national army and the alleged leader of the the group known as the Presidential … [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]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday stated [press release] that no country has achieved full equality between men and women and urged the 47 members of the Human Rights Council to make efforts to achieve such equality. During an opening statement to a panel discussion … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Uganda's Supreme Court [official website] ruled on Thursday that the practice of refunding the price of a bride upon the dissolution of a customary marriage is unconstitutional and should be banned. In a 6-1 decision [press release], the majority held that the practice suggests that women were in the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]

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