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Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, a delegation of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] announced [press release] Wednesday that Sri Lanka has an opportunity to properly address the rights violations committed against disappeared citizens. The experts noted that Sri … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday reported [press release] that police forces in Sri Lanka regularly torture and ill-treat criminal suspects in custody. HRW Asia director Brad Adams said, "[t]he Sri Lankan police treat the use of torture as an ordinary way of obtaining confessions." HRW compiled allegations … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Sri Lankan panel led by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama presented a report [text, PDF] to parliament on Tuesday, concluding that allegations that Sri Lankan troops committed war crimes are credible. He said that there is enough evidence in the footage captured by the Channel 4 documentary "No Fire … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution [A_HRC_30_L.29 text, DOC] encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to investigate violence toward human rights activists and minority groups, and create a scheme for reporting violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Based on the recommendations, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of a Palestinian man who has been on a two-month hunger strike. The prisoner, Mohammad Allan, had been on a hunger strike since June 16 in order to protest his detention, which was set to last indefinitely. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found [AP report] that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [official website] on Thursday released its 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview [report, PDF], noting that Palestinian civilians continue to face daily threats to their physical safety and liberty, with 2014 holding the highest civilian death toll in the conflict since the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza City towards Israel and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told [press release] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A UN commission on Monday reported widespread human rights abuses [transcript] in Eritrea. Following a four-month investigation of the country's human rights situation, the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea [official website] found instances of torture and a high number of detentions. Many Eritrean citizens survive on … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Thursday reported [UN News Centre report] that ongoing blockages restricting movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza have "undermined" the living conditions of nearly two million Palestinians. The OCHA reports that the restrictions, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Monday delayed [press release] the release of a report investigating alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war [BBC backgrounder]. The government had requested that the release of the report be postponed on the grounds that President Maithripala Sirisena … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) President Ambassador Joachim Ruecker on Tuesday appointed [press release] a new chairperson to head the Inquiry into the Gaza conflict after the former chairperson resigned. The UNHRC appointed Mary McGowan Davis to replace William Schabas, who resigned [JURIST report] after Israel accused him of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A case involving the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) [official website] and the Palestinian Authority (PA) [Britannica backgrounder] is set to begin in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] this week regarding attacks on Israel more than a decade ago and whether these … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report [materials] in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The issue of accountability of those responsible for crimes against humanity in the country remains at the top of the agenda, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Marzuki Darusman said [press release] Friday. The comments come a few days ahead of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert said Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un [BBC profile] responsible for "massive" human rights atrocities committed by the state. In February the UN released a report [text, PDF; JURIST report] concluding that North Korean security chiefs, … [read more]

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