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Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [official website] released its tenth report [press release, PDF] on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Asad government and … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Forces led by Saudi Arabia ordered [AP report] civilians in northern Yemen to evacuate the area by Friday afternoon, declaring that the entire region would be deemed a military target, but also announced plans for a ceasefire next week. The coalition dropped leaflets [CNN report] in the area warning … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Sunday that it has received credible evidence indicating that the Saudi-led coalition used illegal cluster munitions [press release] supplied by the US in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen. According to a report by HRW, satellite imagery indicates that the munitions landed … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday threw out [order list, PDF] a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The case, Dickson v. Rucho [SCOTUSblog materials], was remanded to the Supreme Court of North Carolina [official website] for further consideration … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website], Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern [press release] Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement [BBC backgrounder], a ceasefire deal proposed for peace … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin [official website] on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted [JURIST report] the ICC permission to investigate crimes … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures [AI report] showing bullet wounds to the heads and bodies of four Ukrainian … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks [AP report] a major reversal in the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday expressed concern [press release] over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an inability … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas violates the laws of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported evidence [press release] that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2014
by Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday reported [HRW report] on evidence of the use of cluster bombs by the Ukrainian government on the city of Donetsk, a heavily populated civilian area in eastern Ukraine. The bombs have allegedly killed six individuals and injured several dozen more. Cluster … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts … [read more]


Student Commentary
29 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Mohamad, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, offers insight surrounding the challenges surrounding recent "anti-foreign law" legislation and the resulting impact on the Muslim-American community...Sharia law, the multifaceted entity that is known as Islamic jurisprudence, is living and ever-changing. It is often mischaracterized … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Syrian government is currently using cluster munitions in its ongoing conflict [JURIST news archive], according to a report Wednesday by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Moniter (LCMM), an organization co-founded by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites]. Cluster munitions [HRW summary] are similar to landmines and have been … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Protests in Syria began as candlelight vigils in early February 2011, a sympathetic response to the escalating rebellion in Egypt. HRW released the first reports of violence against demonstrators on February 9, 2011, and stated that Syrian activists were urging civilians to request more freedoms from their government. Protests by … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday passed a resolution the use of foreign fighters in the Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder], responding to an influx of foreign militants on both sides of the conflict, including Lebanese Hezbollah militants supporting the Syrian government. The resolution did not … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the death toll in the Syrian conflict has now reached at least 93,000. According to the UN's data specialists, this estimate represents only recorded deaths where the name, location and date of death were … [read more]

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