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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [official profile] said Thursday that he had presented documents [press release, in Arabic] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to assist in the investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. The documents describe the Israel occupation of the West Bank, treatment of Palestinian prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A report [text, DOC; materials] released Monday by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict [official website] found that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during the conflict. The 51 day Gaza Conflict [BBC backgrounder] resulted in widespread destruction and over a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Hamas forces of leading a series of abductions, torturous acts and unlawful killings against Palestinians. AI's report [report] documents the human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings often condoned by largely unaccountable Hamas authorities. Director of the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found [AP report] that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Sunday ordered a female Palestinian legislative council member, Khalida Jarrar, to serve a six-month detention without trial. Jarrar, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) [party website] has been placed under Israeli administrative detention [PFLP press release], … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry [official website, in Hebrew] had … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Palestine became the 123rd state party [press release] to the Rome Statute Wednesday, officially joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The Rome Statute of the ICC was signed and submitted [JURIST report] by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] in January. A ceremony Wednesday included many ICC … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday acquitted 68 people, including members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who were charged with gathering illegally and attacking security forces earlier this year. The court's decision to free the activists is considered a rare move, as Egyptian authorities have … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Israel Law Center [advocacy website] released a complaint [text, PDF] on Friday asking the US Department of Justice to prosecute several Hamas leaders for their involvement in the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport (BGA) last summer. The rocket attacks between Israel and Palestine that occurred this … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [official website] on Thursday released its 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview [report, PDF], noting that Palestinian civilians continue to face daily threats to their physical safety and liberty, with 2014 holding the highest civilian death toll in the conflict since the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The February decision from the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters [official backgrounder] declaring [JURIST report] the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas [official website, in Arabic] a terrorist organization was annulled on Friday. The initial decision was based on lawsuits [Daily News Egypt report] alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza City towards Israel and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told [press release] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Thursday reported [UN News Centre report] that ongoing blockages restricting movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza have "undermined" the living conditions of nearly two million Palestinians. The OCHA reports that the restrictions, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood [official website] to death, along with 14 others to life in prison. The individuals were accused [WSJ report] of murder and possession of firearms, among other charges, after clashes near the Brotherhood's headquarters, which occurred just days … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters [official backgrounder] ruled Saturday that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas [official website] is a terrorist organization. The decision was based on lawsuits [Daily News Egypt report] alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, which have resulted in casualties … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority [official websites] liable Monday for the terrorist attacks that took place in Israel between 2002-2004 and killed 33 people, including Americans. The jury … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered for a retrial of 36 a Muslim Brotherhood [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] supporters. The 36 are among 183 supporters sentenced to death [JURIST report] in June in connection with violence following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] … [read more]

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