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Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Baghdad court on Wednesday sentenced 24 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] to death for the killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers during the group's raid across the country last year. The men were convicted of taking part in the June 2014 massacre which led … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UNESCO World Heritage Committee [official website] said Monday that extremist groups' destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones could amount to war crimes. The committee noted particularly the Islamic State's (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq, and was deeply concerned … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] [JURIST] A Bangladeshi police official on Monday said that Bangladeshi police have arrested two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] on suspicion that the pair were planning to fight for IS in Syria. According to Sheikh Nazmul Alam, a senior official of the police detective branch, … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] over the human rights issues raised by EUNAVFOR MED, an EU implemented naval operation to identify, capture and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean. The Council of the European Union [official website] agreed [decision, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini [Guardian profile] on Thursday expressed great concern over potential war crimes [press release] being committed by Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] militants in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra [UNESCO profile]. The statement came after members of IS entered [BBC report] the … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a three-judge panel decision against Google [corporate website] that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder] video from its YouTube [media website] site. The court dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova [official website], continued [press release] her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Refugees and migrants crossing through Libya face human rights abuses [press release] including torture and rape, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Sunday. The report asserts that foreign nationals in Libya are subject to alarming rates of rape, torture and abduction, causing many to risk their lives crossing … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun [media website] calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential [AP report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp [JURIST report] have suffered "untold indignities" [UN News Centre report]. There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [official website] will make an urgent trip [press release] to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law [press release], known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act [Malaysian Insider report]. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that although the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] has been accused of widespread atrocities throughout Iraq and Syria, her office lacks jurisdiction [statement] to open a formal investigation into the group. Despite allegations of "crimes … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed [AP report] by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Thursday strongly condemned [press release] the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]

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