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Legal News
2 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] on Saturday loosened its travel advisory for Iran [text; press release], lifting the "essential travel only" status for most of the country. It still advises against all travel to areas along the border of Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflict areas. The advisory … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [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
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Kerry v. Din [SCOTUSblog materials] that the government's denial of a man's visa application did not violate his wife's constitutional rights. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had sued the US government after her husband, Afghan … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [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
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Friday announced [AP report] that eight of the ten men charged with the 2012 attack of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile] were acquitted of all charges by an anti-terrorism court in April. This information is a correction of the reported conviction [JURIST report] of … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security and Pakistan's Intelligence Service on Tuesday agreed to share information in relation to facilitating "coordinated intelligence operations" in a memorandum of understanding. The agreement, the Landmark Intelligence Deal, is an attempt to bolster counterterrorism efforts [Reuters report] between the two countries who have clashed … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [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 Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted … [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
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Thursday said [press release] that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there … [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
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
30 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Pakistan anti-terrorism court in the Swat region sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai [BBC profile]. Yousafzai, then 15, was shot in the head [Al Jazeera report] on her school bus on her way … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [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]

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