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Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Syria's main Kurdish militia of violating the child soldier ban. The militia has been the main force for combating the Islamic State group within the country, and has made progress in capturing land in northern Syria. The United … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] released a report [text, DOC] Tuesday stating that both government troops and opposition rebels are targeting civilians in Syria's civil war.The report says that the government intentionally targets areas in which civilians regularly congregate, such … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned [press release] both the Syrian Assad Regime and anti-government rebels for committing human rights abuses and war crimes in the Syrian city of Aleppo. AI's 74-page report [materials], based on interviews with current and former residents of Aleppo, documents "unthinkable atrocities" … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN refugee agency [official website] released a report [press release] on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria [official websites] expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria [press release] by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] or the establishment of a special … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern [remarks, PDF] Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation [UN News Centre report] to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Countries around the world must show public support to Syrian refugees through resettlement and other humanitarian admission programs said Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. The report highlights the humanitarian crisis faced by individuals fleeing the conflict in Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) … [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
1 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Nazi-hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website] Efraim Zuroff told [BBC report] the BBC Monday that he is certain that wanted Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner died in Syria four years ago. Zuroff said that new information from a former German secret service agent indicates that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] key findings from the latest report [text, PDF] on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] reported [report, PDF] Friday that at least 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict —almost double the number from last year's report. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] stated that the number, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria [official website] warned [press release] the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [official website, JURIST news archive] on Monday declared a general amnesty for the country's prisoners, appearing to apply the decree to at least some anti-government activists and protesters, according to the official SANA news agency [official website]. The declaration closely follows the president's reelection last … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] both the Syrian government and the armed rebels for their callousness towards the hardships both groups have imposed on the people of Aleppo. Pillay had previously opined that human rights violations by Syrian government … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] French police on Tuesday arrested in Strasbourg [Le Monde report] seven men who were suspected of fighting alongside rebels within Syria. The arrest was conducted by French Police special unit Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID) [official website], and no weapons nor explosive devices were found in possession of the … [read more]


Podcast
28 Apr 2014

On this episode of the JURIST podcast, JURIST writers and editors discuss some of their favorite articles published on the site this year. A trend emerged in the first three articles of technological advances outpacing developments in the law. JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart discussed Joseph Vacek’s article “ALJ Decision … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The death toll in the three-year Syrian conflict has exceeded 150,000, a British-based human rights group announced on Tuesday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [advocacy website], 150,344 persons have died since the uprising began in March 2011. The death toll includes 51,212 civilians, including 7,985 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A panel of UN human rights experts led by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic [official website], announced on Tuesday a new investigative report [text, PDF] into the Syrian conflict. The report describes horrific violence in Syria by rebel and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Syrian parliament on Thursday passed a law that bans any candidate from the presidential elections if he or she has not lived in Syria for the past ten years or holds any other nationality. The residency requirement of the law effectively bars [Reuters report] many members of Syrian … [read more]

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