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Legal News
8 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] was carried into court Monday by masked security agents following his refusal to participate in his trial for war crimes. Habré, who has denounced the proceedings [AP report] as politically motivated, is accused of committing crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] confirmed [France24 report] Thursday that war crime accusations have been filed against Chad's President Idriss Deby [BBC profile]. The special tribunal in Senegal is overseeing the case against the former president of Chad, Hissène Habré [BBC profile], who was accused of crimes against … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Wednesday suspended the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.The suspension of the trial is reportedly [AFP report] due to the need for court appointed attorneys to prepare Habré's … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Saturday adopted [press release] a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted [UN News Centre report] after a vote of nine in … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused [JURIST report] of murder, torture, … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] fined blogger Alex Au of the website Yawning Bread [website] 8,000 Singapore dollars (USD $5,845) on Thursday for contempt of court. Au faces charges over comments he made in 2013 concerning the timing of two cases involving sexual acts between same-sex individuals. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday condemned [statement] attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced [press release]. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [text] for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, … [read more]

4 Nov 2014

JURIST host Genevieve Redd bids you all a fair Election Day with a review of riveting developments on the Voter Photo ID laws in Texas as presented in State Constitutional First Principles in Challenging the Texas Voter ID Law, the challenges to them, and how voters are left in a … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of the Republic of Singapore, the appellate division of the Supreme Court of Singapore [official website], on Tuesday ruled [judgment, PDF] that a national law criminalizing male homosexuality conforms with the city-state's constitution [text]. Three homosexual men brought the case [Straits Times report] against the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2014
by Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize [AP report] same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] According to a report [statement] issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui [official profile] condemned the abuses, particularly the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2014
by Sascha Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in an overt and open … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Kyrgyz parliament [official website, in Kyrgyz] on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets [RFE/RL report], those found guilty of … [read more]

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