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Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The families of two Yemeni men who were killed by US drone strikes filed a lawsuit [complaint] Sunday against the US claiming that the men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, were "innocent bystanders" who were wrongfully killed. The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary relief, states … [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
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [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]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [offical website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [UN report] over attacks in Mali in which members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) [advocacy website] were specifically targeted, resulting in numerous casualties. So far, the UN has reported … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [materials; press release] published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and assassinations. The report … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt [official profile, PDF], on Thursday praised [press release] Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of coexisting … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A United Nations internal inquiry [report] on Thursday concluded that members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) used "unauthorized and excessive force" resulting in the deaths of three civilian protesters and the injuries of four other individuals in January. Launched [press release] in February, the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Five men appeared in a Moscow courtroom Sunday for charges relating to the murder of liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov [BBC profile]. Nemstov was shot in the back four times [BBC report] on a bridge near the Kremlin before the unidentified shooter fled … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that a report [text, DOC], produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website], "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during … [read more]


Features
21 Nov 2014

Human rights violations committed by IS [news archive] continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state [PDF], Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to minimize its impacts on … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for gun possession. Chiboub fled the country during the revolution, and has since been residing in exile in United Arab Emirates. He was convicted … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution [report, PDF] to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official websites] have targeted American Muslims in abusive sting operations based on ethnic and religious identity, pushing people into terrorism, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute [advocacy websites] reported [materials] Monday. The … [read more]

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