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2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

UN human rights experts urged [press release] the Nigerian government Friday to guarantee the safety of areas liberated from Boko Haram. The UN experts expressed concern for the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning home to these areas after a series of vicious Boko Haram attacks. Boko Haram recently … [read more]


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2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Thursday ordered a Bosnian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history during the Bosnian war. Zdenko Jekisa [ICE press release] has resided in the US … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged [press release] or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were being used for military purposes. According to a detailed investigative report [text], government forces and Russia-backed militants have deployed forces in and near schools, … [read more]


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
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and locate thousands of civilians [statement] that went missing during the nation's civil war. Speaking at the end of his mission to Sri Lanka, Zeid asked that the … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Monday that at least 21 people died [press release] in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in attacks aimed at Hutus, with 40 more people being wounded and dozens of houses burned. This … [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
6 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International [advocacy website] (AI) warned [press release] Monday that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] is insufficiently equipped to handle dangers of instability and deadly violence to civilians in Central African Republic (CAR). AI's investigative report [text] describes how major gaps … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2016
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two minors for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. The court sentenced one of the minors to life in prison while the other received 21 years as they were believed to have had a lesser role in the crime. A third minor is awaiting … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Four former Blackwater [corporate website] security contractors on Monday appealed their conviction for a 2007 Baghdad shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians. This appeal centers around a witness for the prosecution who changed his testimony [AP report] after the trial in a way that allegedly undermines the government's case. … [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
1 Feb 2016
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Sunday for Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgents to stop illegally confiscating aid [press release] to people in the besieged of Taiz. HRW claims that rebels have confiscated items including food, water, cooking gas and medical supplies. HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that "shocking crimes" have been committed by all sides in the war-torn South Sudan. The report said that extra-judicial killings, disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortions, and child recruitment have occurred within the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The EU's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] sentenced [press release] a Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians on Thursday. Oliver Ivanovic was arrested [JURIST report] in January 2014 for the murder and torture of Albanian civilians during the 1999 war … [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
13 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Four individuals on Monday filed suit [complaint] against the government of Israel in US federal court over injuries they say they claim were inflicted by the Israeli Defense Forces during a deadly 2010 raid. The plaintiffs, Americans David Schermerhorn, Mary Ann Wright and Huwaida Arraf and Belgian national Margriet Deknopper, … [read more]

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