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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
15 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of army forces command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, General Robert Abrams on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl [BBC profile] face court martial for deserting an endangering troops by leaving his outpost in 2009. Bergdahl faces a possible life sentence [NYT report], a much more severe punishment … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report [report, PDF] Saturday describing human rights abuses in Kunduz, Afghanistan, during a temporary occupation by the Taliban. The report released preliminary figures of 289 civilian deaths and 559 civilian … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

According to an official US government document [text, PDF], a man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was a victim of mistaken identity. Mustafa Abd-al Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a courier and trainer for Al … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] and Pentagon officials have completed their investigation into the October 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan and announced [statement] on Wednesday that it was an "avoidable accident caused primarily by human error." Commander … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) [advocacy website] has accused [press release, in Persian] the Taliban of Human rights abuses during the battle in Kunduz earlier this month. According to AIHRC at least 50 civilians were killed and more than 300 injured. They further indicated that the number … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The discrepancies between the US and Afghan accounts of the US-led bombing that struck a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last week call for an independent investigation by a never-before-used international body, said Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website], in a speech [statement] on Wednesday. Twenty-two … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] called Saturday for a "swift, full and transparent investigation" [press release] into airstrikes that hit a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, over the weekend. The bombing, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, killed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday asked parties involved in the Taliban attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, to do everything in their power to protect civilians form harm [press release]. He expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation and urged "all … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Lawyers for Bowe Bergdahl filed a petition [text, PDF] with the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals asking for the public release of unclassified documents that were admitted into evidence in a public preliminary hearing last week. In 2009 Bowe Bergdahl, then a Sergeant in the US Army, was … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A secret military court in Pakistan [official military website] on Monday sentenced nine men to death and another to life in prison on terrorism-related charges. The men were accused of a variety of acts, including attacks on army convoys in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an attack in the Baluchistan … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] to allow military trials for cases involving suspects of terrorism. The ruling follows a number of petitions to allow such trials, and is seen as a victory to the government that has been increasing its efforts against terrorism in … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN [official website] on Wednesday said [press release] that a new report [text, PDF] shows a significant increase in the number of women and children being hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents. The number of total casualties in the conflict rose by … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee who claimed that his detention at the naval base was illegal. Muktar Yahya Najee al-Warafi from Yemen was captured … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten litigation against families of US hostages who attempt to pay ransoms for the release of their loved ones. Obama plans [NYT report] to make this change a part of a larger overhaul … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and a spokesperson for the EU [press releases] on Thursday demanded that the government of Pakistan reinstate its death penalty moratorium. The EU also called on the Pakistani government to uphold their obligations under international law, which condemns the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Friday announced [AP report] that eight of the ten men charged with the 2012 attack of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile] were acquitted of all charges by an anti-terrorism court in April. This information is a correction of the reported conviction [JURIST report] of … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security and Pakistan's Intelligence Service on Tuesday agreed to share information in relation to facilitating "coordinated intelligence operations" in a memorandum of understanding. The agreement, the Landmark Intelligence Deal, is an attempt to bolster counterterrorism efforts [Reuters report] between the two countries who have clashed … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [read more]

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