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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] denied [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday a motion to dismiss the criminal charges against Ahmed Salim Faraj Abu Khatallah arising from the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Abu Khatallah was indicted on 18 counts and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses the need to strengthen existing international law on incendiary weapons ... Incendiary weapons inflict almost unrivaled cruelty on their victims. Photos taken after an incendiary weapon attack on a Syrian school show the charred bodies of children, who must have … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday that thousands of people, including children, are being arbitrarily detained in Libya [report]. The report highlights torture and other forms of ill-treatment in four prisons in Tripoli and Misrata, which were personally visited by HRW representatives. The report is based … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released a 37-page report on Monday calling on those with ground-level control to declare that recent acts by the Islamic State (IS) and other militants will not be tolerated and "to immediately take action to stop acts in breach of international … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum [website] voiced support [press release] for the Yazidi community [NYT backgrounder] in Iraq on Thursday and said that the Islamic State (IS) militants committed genocide against the Yazidi people. The atrocities witnessed by the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide [website] "Bearing Witness" … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2015
by Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law discusses how the media's disproportionate focus on the European dimensions of the plight of Syrian refugees...For four years, much of the world has ignored the Syrian refugee crisis. In light of this, recent media attention on the plight of Syrians … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Monday began hearings in the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who claims the British government assisted in his 2004 rendition by US forces. Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok in 2004 and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent six … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] gave a statement [text] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits [press release] the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for countries to develop stronger international laws governing incendiary weapons. The report [text, PDF] provides a five-year review of the developments surrounding incendiary weapons discussing, among other things, instances of its recent use in several countries including Syria, Libya and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egypt's state news agency MENA [official website] reported Monday that government security forces have arrested the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party [party website] and another top ranked member of the party. A source from the Egyptian security forces revealed [Ahram report] that secretary general … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Officials in UAE should investigate and prosecute [HRW report] credible accusations of torture reported by detainees, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. According to HRW, three former detainees and the relative of a current detainee detailed instances of beatings, forced standings, and being shackled and blindfolded. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US-backed Kurdish forces and other militant groups have been committing war crimes [press release] in northern Syria in an effort to quash any sympathy or support for the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. According to the report, militant groups have … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] With a vote of 14 in favor, the United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday introduced [press release] a resolution to allow the European Union [official website] to inspect and seize vehicles suspected of smuggling migrants. Authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], the resolution permits … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] France's government on Sunday announced [Reuters report] that it has launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] in Syria. The attack targeted an IS training camp in order to prevent attacks against French interests in Syria and also to protect Syrian civilians. Up until this … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's Yazidi minority [NYT backgrounder] on Thursday submitted a report [ICC Observer report] to the International Criminal Court [official website] detailing the crimes committed against their community by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and urged the court to open an investigation. The Yazidi group met with … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Sunday released a statement [press release] strongly condemning Saturday's military escalation in Benghazi. In its statement, the mission expressed that developments on the ground in Libya over the last year have "clearly shown that a military solution is not … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Syrian civilians are facing war crimes and crimes against humanity [press release] with "no end in sight," a group of UN human rights experts said Thursday. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] issued its latest report [text, PDF] on the civil war … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [professional profile] on Tuesday condemned the destruction [press release] of the Temple of Bel by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, calling it an "intolerable crime against civilization." The temples of Palmyra are considered to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday condemned [press release] the use of sexual violence as a "tactic of war" in Iraq and Syria. Following a briefing by UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura [official website], the council emphasized that rape and other … [read more]

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