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Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Two Yemeni men captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released to Ghana, officials said [press release] Wednesday. These two are among the 17 detainees scheduled for release this month [JURIST report]. The men were suspected of training with al Qaeda and fighting with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] formally closed Thursday [UN News Centre report] after issuing 45 judgments. The ICTR, established in 1994, was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts against those guilty of committing genocide. Within its 21 years, the ICTR sentenced 61 extremists to terms … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Approximately six million Rwandans on Saturday approved a referendum [Al Jazeera report] by a vote of 98% to amend Article 101 of the Rwanda constitution [text] which states the president may only serve two seven-year terms. The referendum [Telegraph report] will allow President Paul Kagame [offiical profile] to serve … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] agents on Thursday announced the arrest [press release] of Rwandan genocide suspect, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a USD $5 million bounty [BBC report]. Ntaganzwa, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] for genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Rwandan Senate [official website] unanimously voted [press release] on Tuesday to allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to seek a third term in office. This vote is a step in the ongoing process to amend the 2003 Constitution [text, PDF] following a petition from the citizens. The Senate voted … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday granted early release [decision, PDF; press release] to convicted war criminal Germain Katanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A three-judge panel of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC conducted a review of Katanga's sentence [ICC case … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Rwanda's lower house of Parliament [official website] on Thursday voted to extend the term of President Paul Kagame [official website] beyond 2017, a move opposed by the UN and other aid providers. Already in his second term, Kagame may soon be provided an exception to the nation's constitutional rule … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Thursdayupheld the dismissal [press release, in Spanish] of a case investigating the Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive]. Spain modified its universal jurisdiction laws last year, and the court refused to lift the reform requirements (Art. 23, Organic Law 1/2014) … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A court in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to multi-year jail sentences for their roles in a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009. Leading the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], Ignace Murwanashyaka … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday refused extradition requests for a Rwandan man facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Joseph Habyarimana allegedly incited the murder of monks when he worked in a monastery in 1994. Authorities accuse Habyarimana of identifying Tutsi monks to killers. The court … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Rwanda's Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a case challenging a change to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to run for a third seven-year term. The effort to extend the term limit has sparked concern with neighboring African countries as well as the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The trial of Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a former Congolese military leader also known as "The Terminator," began at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday. The rebel leader has pleaded innocent to the 18 charges [case information sheet] levied against him, including rape, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A UK court on Monday dismissed a Spanish extradition request for Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake. Karake had been detained since his June arrest [JURIST report] at a London airport, and the court ordered [Reuters report] his release. A European Arrest Warrant [materials] for Karake was … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned [press release] that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) [official website] ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection [Guardian report], and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was taken into … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Burundi's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] can seek a third term in office without violating the country's constitution, which states that presidents shall be universally elected into office for a term of five years and can renew the term once. Nkurunziza was appointed to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

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