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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]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Refugees and migrants crossing through Libya face human rights abuses [press release] including torture and rape, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Sunday. The report asserts that foreign nationals in Libya are subject to alarming rates of rape, torture and abduction, causing many to risk their lives crossing … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Monday condemned [press release] Sunday's suicide attack targeting a bus carrying civilian passengers working for the Attorney General's office. The attack killed five prosecutors and injured 19 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility, making this their twelfth attack in 2015 … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Primary Court in Kabul sentenced four men to death on Tuesday for the mob killing of a 27-year-old Afghan woman in March. Farkhunda was killed March 19 after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although an investigation later determined she never did. The attack was … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report [text, DOC] released [press release] Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites]. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Monday reported an increase in civilian casualties [press release] from ground engagements in Afghanistan compared to the same time last year, with indications that the number will only continue to rise in the coming months. The report appeals to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [materials; press release] published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and assassinations. The report … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Thursday strongly condemned [press release] the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels … [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
24 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released [press release] a peace proposal on Tuesday in effort to end the country's political instability and "deteriorating military situation." Among many ideas offered, UNSMIL proposed the creation of a unity government "composed of independent personalities not belonging to any … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began [JURIST report] in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported evidence [press release] that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Head of the United States Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] Bernardino León on Wednesday warned [transcript] the UN Security Council [official website] that without intervention from the international community and UN, Libya is likely to become unstable in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks. León urged the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated in a report [text, PDF] issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that Afghanistan has made "some progress" toward preventing the torture and ill-treatment of detainees held in government custody. The UN officials acknowledged the effort and commitment the Afghan government has shown towards eliminating the use of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] released its annual report [text, PDF] on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict" on Wednesday, which indicated [press release] a 22 percent increase in civilian causalities in 2014. The marked increase represents the deadliest year in Afghanistan since record … [read more]

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