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Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile], expressed "utmost alarm" [press release] Thursday at the worsening situation in Syria. Zeid said that warring parties were "constantly sinking to new depths," attacking women, children, the sick and the elderly with unprecedented force throughout the nation. … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Syrian government is systematically exterminating detainees, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. The report details [press release] that thousands of detainees held by the Syrian government have been beaten or have died as a result of injuries sustained … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein [official profile] stated on Monday that Syrian factions should not offer amnesty for any committed war crimes as opposing sides meet in Geneva to discuss a possible end to the country's ongoing civil war. Hussein stated to the press [UN News report] … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] United Nations humanitarian agencies on Monday called for continued aid to Syrians due to the "deteriorating conditions" in the area of Deir-Ez-Zor. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq announced [statements] in the daily briefing that the individuals residing in the area need immediate assistance of food and health supplies. The … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Thursday that the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria is a war crime [transcript]. According to Ban, UN teams have witnessed horrifying scenes of "the elderly and children, men and women, who were little more than skin and bones." Ban said, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed numerous structures in residential areas that may amount to violations of international humanitarian law, according to a new briefing [report] published by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. In six attacks occurring between September and November … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Security Council on Friday adopted [press release] a new resolution which outlines a process to work for peace within Syria. The 15 member council agreed upon a plan which will allow for the UN to take a large role in the Syrian conflict with the hope of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Syrian armed groups may be committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [text] Monday, stating that the practice of caging captured soldiers and civilians constitutes hostage-taking and an outrage against their personal dignity. A video that surfaced Sunday shows cages holding multiple people being transported by trucks. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] States should protect human rights even when acting transnationally, urged UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez [official profile] in a statement [press release] on Tuesday. Méndez made the comments while presenting his latest report on torture [text, PDF], which addresses extraterritorial application of the ban on ill-treatment under … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] France has officially opened [NYT report] a criminal torture investigation into the actions of the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile], officials confirmed Wednesday. The investigation is based on tens of thousands of photos allegedly documenting torture that took place in Syrian detention centers between 2011 and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] France's government on Sunday announced [Reuters report] that it has launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] in Syria. The attack targeted an IS training camp in order to prevent attacks against French interests in Syria and also to protect Syrian civilians. Up until this … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] held a dialogue [press release] Monday with the Syrian Arab Republic discussing ways to end diplomatic gridlock and bring peace back to the nation. During the meeting, Syrian officials were presented with a commission report [materials] that discussed the disintegration of the … [read more]


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]

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