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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International urged [AI report] Cameroon Friday to end the six month detention of 84 children being held after a raid on Quranic schools. AI reports that some of the children were as young as five years old. The children remained detained in a children's center in Maroua even … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was originally sentenced [JURIST report] by … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report [materials] released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 May 2015
by Allen Rostron of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [offical website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [UN report] over attacks in Mali in which members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) [advocacy website] were specifically targeted, resulting in numerous casualties. So far, the UN has reported … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Monday ordered the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court to conclude its case over the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] within the next two months. The case has been ongoing since 2009 against seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Thursday ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The order came less than a month after Pakistan authorities reordered his detention [JURIST report]. The court suspended [The Hindu report] his detention under … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A United Nations internal inquiry [report] on Thursday concluded that members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) used "unauthorized and excessive force" resulting in the deaths of three civilian protesters and the injuries of four other individuals in January. Launched [press release] in February, the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said [Reuters report] the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnapping for ransom … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused [JURIST report] of murder, torture, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed [press release] Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Pakistan authorities on Saturday reordered the detention of Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], one day after a court in Pakistan ordered his release. Lakhvi is one of seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with connection to the attacks, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law [BBC report]. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation [official website, in French] ruled [Reuters report] that the case should be reexamined, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday released [press release] a report [text, PDF] detailing the violent attacks on Libyan journalists by various armed groups over the past two years. The 54-page report, entitled "War on the Media: Journalists Under Attack in Libya," explains how the attacks, kidnappings … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The law was passed [JURIST report] in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] to ban anyone who … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday condemned [statement] attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children … [read more]

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