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Legal News
5 hours ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [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
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter [official profile] released a statement [press release] on Monday announcing the comprehensive plan of the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to move in the direction of allowing transgender troops to serve in the military. The DOD has ordered a six-month study … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Baghdad court on Wednesday sentenced 24 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] to death for the killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers during the group's raid across the country last year. The men were convicted of taking part in the June 2014 massacre which led … [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
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center [official website] in Mexico on Thursday announced that there is evidence that high-ranking Mexican officers gave soldiers orders to kill criminals prior to an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members in June 2014. The military documents indicate [AP report] that the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UNESCO World Heritage Committee [official website] said Monday that extremist groups' destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones could amount to war crimes. The committee noted particularly the Islamic State's (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq, and was deeply concerned … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [materials] containing evidence that many Colombian army generals and colonels knew about or should have known about extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008. According to the group, prosecutors are investigating a total of 3,000 cases involving … [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
18 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Ukraine Prosecutor General [official website] on Wednesday revealed that two government soldiers have been detained for alleged links to the murders of two women who sympathized with armed separatists from the east. It is reported [AP report] that earlier this week the soldiers broke into the home of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping operations Edmund Mulet [official profile] said [press release] Tuesday that the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan is continuing to harm civilians. Presenting the Report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur [text, PDF] to the UN … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The hostilities in Afghanistan are leading to the killing and wounding of thousands and the forced relocation of families into neighboring countries, according to Mark Bowden [official profile], the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, in statements [press release] made on Monday. While addressing the Second Independent Media … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday invited [official statement] Yemen President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi to send a delegation to the UN sponsored Yemen consultation set to begin in Geneva on June 14th. The Secretary General has called on all parties to participate in good faith … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called on new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari [JURIST news archive] to investigate reports of both military abuses and crimes committed by the Islamist rebel group Boko Haram [BBC profile]. The top human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein … [read more]

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