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24 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday declared that corruption is a "standing threat to our national security" [press release]. Kenyatta's comments come amid criticism [M&G Africa report] that he has lost the fight against corruption. Noting that "the bribe accepted by an official can lead to successful terrorist attacks … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Kenyan police on Thursday charged five men in connection with the attack on Garissa University by al-Shabaab militants in April. The attack by Somali Islamist gunmen killed 148 students, making it the nation's worst militant attack in nearly 20 years. While the four gunmen involved in the attack were … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Nairobi on Tuesday ordered five Kenyan citizens and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre. The court granted state lawyers' request [AFP report] for the extended detention of the six suspects, which will likely last … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees [PDF] to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab) [NCTC backgrounder]. The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to Somalia, but was particularly … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in violation of international human rights laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Monday. Based on interview research conducted between November 2013 and June 2014, terrorism suspects were badly mistreated, … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Kenyan human rights group Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) [official website] and the Open Society Justice Initiative [advocacy website] issued a report [report, PDF] on Tuesday, calling on the US and the UK to suspend financial support to Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU). The document, entitled "We're Tired … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A UN envoy to Somalia on Saturday strongly condemned [statement] the terrorist attack on a village restaurant in Mogadishu that left 15 dead. Reports state [UN press release] that a car bomb exploded outside of a restaurant frequented by government workers and journalists. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari on Tuesday commended [press release] the adoption of a human rights roadmap by the Somali federal government. Formally endorsed by the Somali cabinet last week, the roadmap will institutionalize the protection and promotion of human … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia on Wednesday urged the Somali government to continue efforts to strengthen the country's justice system [press release] in the wake of Sunday's attacks on the Supreme Court complex [JURIST report]. The attacks by al Shabaab [NCTC backgrounder] rebels killed more … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Al-Shabaab [CFR backgrounder] radicals launched an attack on Sunday against Somalia's Supreme Court. The attack, resulting in at least 35 deaths [AP report], was one of the worst attacks in years for the country's capital of Mogadishu. According to the Somali government, nine men were involved in the attack … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (FTG) [CFR backgrounder] and African Union forces (AMISOM) [advocacy website] for failing to stop the unlawful recruitment of children as soldiers, forced marriage and rape. HRW released a report [text, PDF], "No Place for … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2011
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs [official website] stressed Thursday that parties in conflict have a duty to protect non-combatants [UN News Centre report] under international law. Valerie Amos [official profile] highlighted conflicts in Somalia, Sudan and Yemen [BBC backgrounders] as examples of countries where civilians are being targeted. … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused [press release] all parties to Somalia's ongoing armed conflict of engaging in rights violations and urged the parties to immediately end abuses against citizens. In a report entitled "You Don't Know Who To Blame: War Crimes in Somalia" [text, PDF], … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Brazilian Judge Patricia Acioli, known for taking a hard-line against corrupt officials and militia death squads, was shot and killed on Thursday outside of her home by two masked men on motorbikes. Investigators revealed that at least twelve people are suspected [O Globo report, in Portuguese] of being involved … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] The UN Security Council's Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict [official website] expressed concern Monday about children's rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). Citing abuses [statement] like rape and other sexual violence as well as recruitment in armed conflict, the council condemned armed rebel groups in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Somali children continue to be victims of war crimes [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "In the Line of Fire: Somalia's Children Under Attack," AI provides evidence indicating that armed conflict in areas of Somalia has led to deteriorating human … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2010
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The US District Court Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Wednesday unsealed an indictment [text, PDF] charging three men with providing material support to Somali-based Islamic terrorist organization al Shabaab [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The October 21 indictment charges Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, Duane Mohamed Diriye and Abdi … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Somali parliament on Sunday voted 297-92 to approve [press release] new Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, after several delays due to a constitutional dispute over the confirmation procedure. Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Mahmud [official profile] had argued that due to the silence of the Somali Transitional … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Somalia native pleaded not guilty [Aftenposten report, in Norwegian] Tuesday in an Oslo District Court [official website, in Norwegian] at Norway's first trial under its 2002 terror financing law. The unidentified Somali-born Norwegian citizen has been accused [AP report] of sending at least USD $33,000 to senior commanders … [read more]

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