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Legal News
4 days ago
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report [press release] by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crime[s] targeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents [CNN report] in December 2014 and January … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Libya's Supreme Court on Thursday declared the UN-backed elected parliament unconstitutional. The ongoing crisis in Libya has created two rival parliaments [Reuters report], one based in the nation's capital Tripoli, and the other, which was declared illegitimate by the high court, based in the northeastern city of Tobruk. The … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Rival militias in Libya are committing serious human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy group] report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday. According to AI since July 2013, "militias and armed groups have launched indiscriminate attacks in urban areas of the capital, Warshafana … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] More than 140,000 people have been internally displaced in Libya [press release] as a result of the country's rapidly deteriorating security situation, the UN said Monday. Renewed fighting between feuding militias has caused a new wave of displacement, particularly in the western outskirts of Tripoli and the eastern city … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused militias in Libya of committing war crimes [press release] during a battle that has been ongoing since July. Libya Dawn Alliance, led by militias from Misrata, and a coalition of militias from Zintan have been fighting for control over Tripoli's … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Militia fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi have forced 250,000 people to flee [press release] over the last four months, the UN reported [text, PDF] Thursday. According to the report, released by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office, approximately 150,000 people have fled … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], appeared via videolink at a court in Tripoli on Sunday. Saif al-Islam and 36 other defendants are facing a variety of charges including corruption and war crimes from their … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Libya on Monday opened the trial of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's [BBC obituary, JURIST news archive] sons, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], and more than two dozen of his former officials for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder]. While … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Apr 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch says that if the Libyan government does not take immediate steps to rectify its dysfunctional justice system it risks a complete collapse... This past week, Libya's official television station broadcasted a series of videos featuring al-Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday delivered a "mixed report" on human rights progress around the world [UN News Centre report], highlighting advances in some areas and alarm in others. "Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear," Pillay stated during a press conference … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday reported concern regarding recent violent incidents in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which have left in excess of 40 people dead and hundreds injured. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSIL) [official website] visited … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] US military special forces on Saturday captured Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected high-ranking operative of al Qaeda [JURIST news archive], during a raid conducted in Tripoli, Libya. US authorities allege [press release] that al Libi played a significant role in planning and executing the 1998 bombings of US … [read more]


Features
20 Sep 2013

The US Constitution granted separate war powers to both Congress and the President, and neither branch has refrained [PDF] from exercising those powers. During the 19th century, Congress formally declared three wars and authorized the president to engage in military actions on several occasions. In July 1798, President John … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Following international intervention and several months of stalemate, opposition forces seized control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and took two of Gaddafi's sons into custody on August 22, 2011. Opposition forces continued to clash with the remaining loyalist forces until October 2011, sparking fierce combat over the last strongholds of … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Following weeks of escalating violence, the international community began to consider action against Gaddafi's government. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on February 27, 2011 to adopt Resolution 1970, imposing sanctions on Gaddafi's government, including an arms embargo, travel ban and the freezing of assets. The resolution also referred the … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The conflict in Libya arose out of protests beginning February 15, 2011, in the eastern city of Benghazi. The protest came as part of a wider protest movement that had spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. On February 23, Benghazi fell under the control of protesters after the … [read more]

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