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Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [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]

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

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
13 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report [text] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are characteristic of … [read more]

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

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]

4 Feb 2015
by Sarah Steers

After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo - a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba … [read more]

4 Feb 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and planned to resume diplomatic ties in response to … [read more]

4 Feb 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark

On December 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced a shift in US policy towards Cuba. Obama stated that the US would reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba. This diplomatic move represented a dramatic shift in decades of US policy towards the communist nation. Transformed into enemies over the course of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [press release] renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A group of East African and South Sudanese rights group submitted a petition [text, PDF] Wednesday to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) [official website] calling for an immediate comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. IGAD, which is made up of eight East African nations including Kenya, Ethiopia and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Somali police official on Monday reported that security forces arrested Somali pirate [JURIST news archive] Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji, second-in-command of Somalia's pirate industry, was arrested [AP report] on Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy. The Somali government implemented an ongoing disarmament campaign in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch discusses the EU and human rights issues in China... This year will see a pair of quarter-century anniversaries of key political events in China and Europe: the remembrance in June of those who died in the Tiananmen Square massacre
 in Beijing … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged [press release] Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty [UN backgrounder]. The treaty will take effect [UN news centre report] when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Cuba's National Assembly [official website] approved a law on Saturday that provides tax breaks and other incentives to attract foreign investors to grow business in the communist economy of Cuba. The Assembly voted unanimously in a special session to approve the law, which becomes valid within the next 90 … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize deployment of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) following escalating violence in the nation's capital Bangui. Through Security Council Resolution 2127 [materials], the UNSC approved the existing International Support Mission (MISCA), a peacekeeping force created … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution [UN News Center report] urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US government on Wednesday signed a UN Arms Trade Treaty [text, PDF] that regulates global trade in conventional arms. US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website], while signing the treaty on behalf of the US government, stated [Reuters report] that the signature would affect US manufacturers and … [read more]

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