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Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee who claimed that his detention at the naval base was illegal. Muktar Yahya Najee al-Warafi from Yemen was captured … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official fact sheet] announced Friday that one of the longest-held detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may now be released to his home country of Saudi Arabia. Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been on a nine-year hunger strike and would be released [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten litigation against families of US hostages who attempt to pay ransoms for the release of their loved ones. Obama plans [NYT report] to make this change a part of a larger overhaul … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary for Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], in a 2-1 decision. The … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee has alleged that the CIA's torture techniques went beyond those described in last year's Senate Intelligence Committee report, Reuters reported [text] Tuesday. Majid Khan was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and confessed to delivering money to al Qaeda used for a bombing in Jakarta … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern [press release] over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended the US eliminate … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Thursday said [press release] that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there … [read more]

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