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Legal News
4 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Makarim Wibisono [official profile], resigned from his position Monday, saying that Israel has not granted him access [press release] to the Occupied Palestinian Territory after repeated requests. In his resignation letter, Wibisono stated he regrets having … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Months after a deadly July arson attack that left an 18-month old Palestinian and his parents dead, the Israeli government [Ministry of Justice official site, Hebrew] is making moves to prosecute the Jewish extremists [ABCnews report] suspected to have committed the attacks. The length of time it has taken … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Special Rapporteurs Makarim Wibisono and Christof Heyns [official profiles] expressed concern [press release] Monday over ongoing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel. This latest phase of conflict began in October [UN report] and has claimed an estimated 15 Israeli and 80 Palestinian lives, with more casualties … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The President of Palestine, HE Mahmoud Abbas, and other Palestinian foreign officials met with the chief prosecutor [ICC press release] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday, where the Palestinian officials presented documents that purportedly contain evidence of war crimes by Israel. The ICC prosecutor's office, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Palestinian government on Wednesday defended its record after documents were leaked claiming officials have attempted to misuse public funds. It is reported [AP report] the documents reveal efforts to fund a private neighborhood complex for government officials, pay for a official's daughter's schooling and pay for an official's … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Iraq's cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal [statement] by Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi [official website] to reduce the number of top political positions, decrease spending, and restart a corruption investigation program. A vice presidential position currently held by former prime minister Nouri Al Maliki [BBC profile] is among those … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Israel on Sunday sentenced two alleged Jewish extremists to six months in prison without formal charges. The arrests [Guardian report] are part of a crackdown on Jewish extremists and come after an arson attack [JURIST report] on a Palestinian home that killed a child and injured the child's parents. … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Ministry [official website] on Wednesday jailed an Israeli extremists for sixth months with no charges or formal trial. It is reported [Times of Israel report] that Mordechai Meyer was sent to jail in as an effort by Israel officials to stop militant Jews involvement in future … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] and recently appointed UN special envoy in the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov [press release] condemned [UN statement] the arson attacks in the West Bank on Friday that killed a Palestinian child and severely wounded the child's parents and sibling. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Wednesday released a report [official report] that points to evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in the August 2014 retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. By analyzing hundreds of photos, videos, satellite images and eyewitness testimony, … [read more]


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
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday released its annual World Report [PDF], in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth [official profile] credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference [Reuters report] based on conflicting parliamentary and judicial decisions excluding certain candidates from Iraq's upcoming election. Iraq's parliament and judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the international standard. HRW's report … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] claimed Wednesday that the execution-style killing of four Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) counter-terrorism forces members is the latest indication of a systematic murder campaign [press release] amounting to crimes against humanity. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a group … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges [BBC report] along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were killed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure [AP report] in January to limit the offices of premier, … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]

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