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Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], holding Monday that a Somali torture claim lacked a "sufficient nexus" with the US to allow jurisdiction under the Alien Tort … [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
17 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic called on [press release] Somalia's international partners Tuesday to increase their aid in order for the country to maintain its gains in protecting its citizens' human rights. Simonovic described the major progress the country has made and said without continued aid … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed by a vote of 2-1 [opinion, PDF] the dismissal [DC Circuit opinion below, PDF] of a Bivens action filed by a US citizen alleging that he was tortured and threatened by US Federal Bureau of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] House democrats on Friday introduced [press release] a resolution [text] calling for a Children's Bill of Rights, which would include 22 points meant to ensure the "physical well-being, social and emotional well-being, and educational and life skills" of all children. Representative Judy Chu, a sponsor of the bill, said, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday praised the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Government of Somalia and encouraged the US to follow suit. The Convention on the Rights of the Child [text] is supported by the 18-member Committee on the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Kenyan police on Thursday charged five men in connection with the attack on Garissa University by al-Shabaab militants in April. The attack by Somali Islamist gunmen killed 148 students, making it the nation's worst militant attack in nearly 20 years. While the four gunmen involved in the attack were … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, on Monday urged the government of Somalia to continue working to increase human rights protections [press release]. Bahame Nyanduga stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression, noting that, "Somali journalists are often harassed, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Somali government officials evicted [HRW report] thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat residents … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential [AP report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency [official website] to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack [JURIST report] by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Nairobi on Tuesday ordered five Kenyan citizens and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre. The court granted state lawyers' request [AFP report] for the extended detention of the six suspects, which will likely last … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valarie Amos [official profile] issued a statement on Friday expressing the concern of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] for the safety of civilians in Yemen. Amos referred to humanitarian reports, which indicate that over the past two weeks … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Somalia's prime minister on Sunday appealed to the US government and US banks to resume allowing money transfers to Somalia, a crucial service for many in the war-torn country. Almost all US banks have stopped allowing remittance services to Somalis in the US due to recently enacted legislation [US … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced [press release] to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, in Spanish] six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Somalia's parliament on Saturday reported a vote of no confidence in Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Ahmed began his term [Al Jazeera report] in December 2013. The 153 votes requesting his resignation came in response to the tension between Ahmed and current Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud [BBC … [read more]

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