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Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against two psychologists who devised the torture techniques used on three former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisoners. The CIA contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who allegedly designed and persuaded the CIA to … [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
17 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday renewed calls [press release] for womens and girls to be given equal access to education. A discussion panel held by OHCHR said equal educational rights is way to end discrimination against women that is … [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
16 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A top Osama bin Laden aide was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring with other al Qaeda members in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] rejected Khaled al-Fawwaz's … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested several military generals Friday after an unsuccessful coup attempt and said the suspects will face a military court for mutiny charges. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced [CNN report] the coup on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] was in Tanzania at the time the coup was … [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
6 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] launched a website on Tuesday aimed at disproving [official website] the myths of albinism, the rare condition which is still misunderstood both socially and medically. Albinism affects from one in 5,000 to one in 15,000 people … [read more]

Legal News
1 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Women [official website] on Monday released Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights [text], the gender-equality organization's flagship report on the status of women around the world. The report "proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors, including gender equality advocates, national governments and international … [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
1 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women [official website] on Wednesday urged Tanzania [press release] to enforce its international obligations to prevent discrimination against women. The call comes after two women brought suit arguing that customary laws enforced in their communities contravened Tanzania's constitution [text, PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty [opinion, text] on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [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
3 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi, accused of involvement in the bombings of US embassies in Africa, died in a US hospital Friday. Al Libi was captured [JURIST report] by US military special forces in Libya in 2013 and brought to the US to stand trial. The … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Tanzania's parliament [official website] voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general and the minister of energy, following a report released earlier this week implicating public officials in a scandal involving fraudulent payments of public funds. Officials have also called for the resignation of Prime Minister … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Sep 2014
by Leslie Haskell of Human Rights Watch
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders—as well as those who may eventually come within them—for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction laws and creating specialized war crimes units to investigate and … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN human rights office [official website] on Monday said that the Tanzanian government's system of placing children with albinism in government care centers does not provide this vulnerable group with adequate protection from those who target albinos due to erroneous beliefs and superstitions. The widespread belief that the … [read more]

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