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Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Colombia's Congress voted on Wednesday to limit presidents to a single term, a measure backed by President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish]. The presidential term limit undoes a law passed by Santos' predecessor and rival, Alvaro Uribe, and reverts to the term limits that were in place … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [official website] released its tenth report [press release, PDF] on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas violates the laws of … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [JURIST news archive] announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] An investigation [report, PDF] conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School [official website] determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, the Myanmar … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention [text], the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The Korean … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the administration of US President Barack Obama [official website] to endorse the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty [text, PDF], which flatly prohibits land mines and requires their removal. HRW asserts that, while the US contributes to mine clearance and victim assistance … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Syrian government is currently using cluster munitions in its ongoing conflict [JURIST news archive], according to a report Wednesday by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Moniter (LCMM), an organization co-founded by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites]. Cluster munitions [HRW summary] are similar to landmines and have been … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued a resolution Sunday declaring a state of emergency in areas near the border with South Sudan and suspending the constitution. The move follows the arrest Saturday of four people whom the Sudanese claim were arrested for aggression against the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the likely outcome of the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq is a backslide into sectarian violence resulting in the split into smaller states based on ethnoreligious geography...The official drawdown of US forces in Iraq yesterday, December … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called Wednesday for universal accession [statement] to the Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II) [text, PDF]. The comments came as part of the secretary's message to the 13th Annual Conference on … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) [advocacy websites] said Wednesday the Myanmar military is committing war crimes [press release] by forcing convicts to serve as porters on the front lines. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Dead Men Walking: Convict Porters on the Front … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] the killings of protesters along the border between Golan Heights and Syria. Pillay reported that between 30 and 40 protesters had been killed by Israeli security forces along the ceasefire line between the occupied … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2010
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the US [press release] to become a state party to the Mine Ban Treaty [text], repeating a plea made in March [JURIST report]. The call was prompted by the release of "Landmine Monitor 2010" [materials], an annual report detailing the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Several human rights groups and anti-mine activists on Monday urged [press release] the US to join the Mine Ban Treaty [text], marking the eleventh anniversary of the treaty's status as binding international law. Despite initial statements from the US State Department in November that the US would be maintaining … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Feb 2010

Thomas Nash [Coordinator, Cluster Munition Coalition]: "Future generations will remember 2010 as the year cluster bombs became illegal around the world. Following its swift ratification by 30 states, the Convention on Cluster Munitions - the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty in more than a decade - enters into force … [read more]

Student Commentary
24 Feb 2010

Julia Carrano, George Washington University School of Law '10, spent a summer working for Heritage Watch in Cambodia...After my first year of law school, I spent a month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Heritage Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Cambodian cultural heritage sites and fostering sustainable development. As … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Dec 2009

Susannah Sirkin [Deputy Director, Physicians for Human Rights]: "As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) was alarmed and deeply disappointed by a Department of State spokesperson's pronouncement on November 24 that President Obama does not intend to sign the landmark 1997 … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2009
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) stated [press release] Tuesday that the US will not be signing the treaty [text; JURIST news archive] to ban the use of anti-personnel landmines. The announcement comes a week before the Second Review Conference [official website] the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, … [read more]

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