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2 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] on Wednesday called [press release] for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that "shocking crimes" have been committed by all sides in the war-torn South Sudan. The report said that extra-judicial killings, disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortions, and child recruitment have occurred within the … [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
3 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that thousands of people, including children, are being arbitrarily detained in Libya [report]. The report highlights torture and other forms of ill-treatment in four prisons in Tripoli and Misrata, which were personally visited by HRW representatives. The report is based … [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
16 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released a 37-page report on Monday calling on those with ground-level control to declare that recent acts by the Islamic State (IS) and other militants will not be tolerated and "to immediately take action to stop acts in breach of international … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] gave a statement [text] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits [press release] the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) released its report [text, PDF] on the South Sudan conflict Tuesday concluding that both sides committed war crimes. The commission found [press release] that the South Sudan government and rebels committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including killings, rape … [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
10 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday extended [text] the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] by two months until December 15, 2015. The UN Security Council voted 13-0 to adopt resolution 2241 [UN press release], with two of the fifteen countries … [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
21 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Sunday released a statement [press release] strongly condemning Saturday's military escalation in Benghazi. In its statement, the mission expressed that developments on the ground in Libya over the last year have "clearly shown that a military solution is not … [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
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
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN observers on Thursday said [press release] that the parliamentary elections held in Burundi [JURIST news archive] this week were unfair, not free and led to human rights violations. In the preliminary statement by the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) [official website], the observers said that the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The hostilities in Afghanistan are leading to the killing and wounding of thousands and the forced relocation of families into neighboring countries, according to Mark Bowden [official profile], the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, in statements [press release] made on Monday. While addressing the Second Independent Media … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]

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