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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
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
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]


Professional Commentary
12 Apr 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch says that if the Libyan government does not take immediate steps to rectify its dysfunctional justice system it risks a complete collapse... This past week, Libya's official television station broadcasted a series of videos featuring al-Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [HRW report] on the international community Friday to provide assistance to Libya's failing justice system. HRW expressed concern over the mass detention of individuals on what they called an arbitrary basis. The call for assistance asked for trained personnel to help end … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Thursday urged [statement] the government of Libya to address serious crimes committed in the country and encouraged the international community to end the impunity gap in Libya. Bensouda welcomed gains in Libya's legal system … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted [CNN report] under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq has been widely criticized … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Turkey's parliament [official website, in Turkish] on Thursday approved legislation to prohibit terrorism financing. In passing this legislation [ANA report], Turkey may have narrowly avoided expulsion from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) [official webpage]. Turkish President Abduallah Gul [BBC profile] now has 15 days to approve the legislation, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] NBC News [corporate website] on Monday released [NBC report] a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] confidential "white paper" [text, PDF] that reveals details of the legal justifications for the Obama administration's unprecedented use of lethal drone strikes [JURIST news archive] against al Qaeda suspects who are US citizens … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday charged nine lawyers for membership in an outlawed group under Turkey's anti-terrorism laws. The lawyers, including some human rights advocates [AP report], are accused of being associated with the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (RPLP) [BBC profile], a group that advocates for a Marxist state … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr, the Human Rights Watch researcher for Afghanistan, argues that the executions approved recently approved by Afghanistan's president are further distancing the country from its western support...When the executions came, they happened so quickly that they were over almost before the world noticed. On November 19, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] alleging he ordered the killings of the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The lawsuit was filed by the widows of Juvenal … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Families of murdered Iranian nuclear scientists told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that they have filed lawsuits against the US, UK and Israel for their governments' alleged involvements in the assassinations. The father of one of the scientists revealed that the families would ask Iran's judiciary to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed [ACLU press release] a memorandum [text, PDF] on behalf of the Obama administration rejecting a request to reveal information about the targeted killing program against suspected terrorists and US citizens abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] Irena Bokova on Friday urged [press release] Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to solve the murders of three Mexican journalists discovered last week in Veracruz. Bokova found it "deeply disturbing" and sad that … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Vice president of Iraq Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] said Sunday that he will not return to Baghdad to stand trial on charges of inciting violence in the country. Al-Hashemi denies the charges [Al Jazeera video] and has moved to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to avoid appearing … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The New York Times (NYT) [media website] filed a lawsuit [text] against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday alleging the government violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] in refusing to release legal memoranda related to targeted killings of terror suspects. The suit relates … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives and Senate [official websites] on Wednesday gave final approval to three free trade agreements, marking the first time in several years that the US has formed a trade partnership. The House and Senate voted in rapid succession [AP report] to pass the trade pacts … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Obama administration legal memorandum from last year found that the killing of US citizen and senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would only be legal if it were not feasible to take al-Awlaki alive. The memo last year followed months of … [read more]

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