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Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was transferred [press release] on Tuesday from The Hague to a British prison, where he will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes. Taylor has been convicted of aiding rebels who committed atrocities, including terrorism, rape and murder, during … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes [JURIST report] in the UK, according to a written statement to Parliament [text, PDF] from the UK Ministry of Justice [official website] on Thursday. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Jeremy … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Thursday rejected an appeal [judgment] by former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of his convictions for war crimes [JURIST report] committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. According to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began his appeal in The Hague against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's 42-point appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday appealed his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Thursday convicted [press release, PDF] former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] member Eric Senessie on eight of nine counts for witness tampering. Four counts alleged that he had bribed witnesses who testified against the former Liberian president Charles … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will appeal his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive], his lawyers notified the court on Monday. In a brief filing with the Special Court for Sierra Leone … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth Gallant of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law says that the sentencing of Charles Taylor should have included the provision of reparations for his victims, and that the prosecution ought to raise this issue on appeal...The conviction of Charles … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website] a multi-government initiative to monitor and prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, to put further pressure on the Zimbabwe government to comply with established regulations. HRW expressed particular concern about the ongoing … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, PDF] former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. The sentence came after … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the date set for the verdict in the Charles Taylor case by the Special Court for Sierra Leone is inappropriate given the fact that it coincides with an important date in Sierra Leone... On February … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Special Court for Sierra Leone must set a date to release its ruling on the war crimes charges against former Liberian president Charles Taylor so that it can conclude its proceedings... The case against the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] Zimbabwe security forces are running illegal mining camps [BBC report] in the country's Marange area where recruited civilian workers are regularly tortured and forced into labor, the BBC reported Monday. According to the report, workers are subject to mauling by dogs, multiple beatings and rape. The camps, one of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The UN on Friday released a report on war crimes [text, PDF] and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report, originally expected to be released in September [JURIST report], lists 617 of the most serious violations of human rights, including violence against children, genocide … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network [corporate website] on Sunday reiterated its stance against the sale of Zimbabwe diamonds [press release] associated with human rights violations. In a letter to their members, Rapaport stated they will expel members who knowingly trade the tainted diamonds and that they will publish … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Kimberley Process (KP) [official website] on Thursday approved the limited sale of diamonds from the controversial Marange mines after reaching an agreement with the Zimbabwean government. The agreement, reached in a meeting of the international diamond monitoring body, comes after the KP was unable to reach a consensus … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday granted bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who was being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website]. In granting the bail request, Judge Mawadze Gurainesu rejected … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who is being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website]. In denying the bail request, Judge Chinembiri Bhunu of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called for the removal of Zimbabwe [report materials; press release] from the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website], the global organization dedicated to suppressing trade in so-called "conflict diamonds." The report, "Deliberative Chaos," calls on the KP to suspend Zimbabwe at its … [read more]

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