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1 day ago
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] and recently appointed UN special envoy in the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov [press release] condemned [UN statement] the arson attacks in the West Bank on Friday that killed a Palestinian child and severely wounded the child's parents and sibling. … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Wednesday released a report [official report] that points to evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in the August 2014 retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. By analyzing hundreds of photos, videos, satellite images and eyewitness testimony, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [official profile] said Thursday that he had presented documents [press release, in Arabic] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to assist in the investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. The documents describe the Israel occupation of the West Bank, treatment of Palestinian prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday released its annual World Report [PDF], in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth [official profile] credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference [Reuters report] based on conflicting parliamentary and judicial decisions excluding certain candidates from Iraq's upcoming election. Iraq's parliament and judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the international standard. HRW's report … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] claimed Wednesday that the execution-style killing of four Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) counter-terrorism forces members is the latest indication of a systematic murder campaign [press release] amounting to crimes against humanity. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a group … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges [BBC report] along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were killed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure [AP report] in January to limit the offices of premier, … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet announced an amendment to the De-Baathification law on Monday that would allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq must not push blindly forward in its goal of de-Ba'athification, but rather consider the harm that such absolute changes pose to fairness and process ...Last month, a special panel of Iraq's highest appellate court … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [OAA backgrounder] on Thursday sentenced former Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] to death for the second time after he was convicted for his involvement in a plot to assassinate an interior ministry official. In particular, the Sunni ex-leader and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] was sentenced to death after being convicted on three counts of murder on Sunday. The verdict was given in absentia [Iraqi News report] because al-Hashemi has been in hiding since the arrest warrant was issued [Reuters report]. Al-Hashemi, who is … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by the defense counsel in the terror trial against the country's vice president Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] to call President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to testify. The defense team, led by Muayad Obeid al-Ezzi, had requested … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a recent survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute reveals changing attitudes regarding federal authority and regional independence in Iraq...The National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently released a survey [PDF] of Iraqi attitudes toward a variety … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq's handling of the violence perpetrated against an unpopular group of people may ultimately determine the type of state Iraq will evolve into over the course of the coming years...There has been an apparent disturbing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that there is no true legal distinction between liberators and occupiers, and that because it does not look like there will be a treaty to distinguish the two soon, mixed tribunals will provide a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Iraq [JURIST news archive] has executed 65 people [press release] so far this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Thursday. HRW said those executed were convicted of various crimes and counted a total of 51 in January and 14 in February. HRW also called for a moratorium … [read more]

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