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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The first of 17 detainees are scheduled to be released from the Guantanamo Bay prison next week, said a senior US official [CNN report] on Monday. There will be 90 detainees remaining, 59 of whom are ineligible to be transferred to another country. The official said three of the 59 … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

According to an official US government document [text, PDF], a man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was a victim of mistaken identity. Mustafa Abd-al Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a courier and trainer for Al … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] stated Thursday that he intends to continue his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay prison, despite likely push back from Congress after the Paris attacks [JURIST report]. Obama made remarks [Reuters report] to reporters during the Asia-Pacific Summit in Manila, expressing concern for delays … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The US Senate on Tuesday approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA )[text, PDF], which is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama despite further delaying the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Section 1031 of the NDAA prohibits the use of funds for … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced that the last remaining British inmate, Shaker Aamer, has been released [press release] and returned to the UK after extensive review [report, PDF] by the Guantanamo Review Task Force. Though he is a citizen of the UK through … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz was released from detention and sent back to his home country of Mauritania, the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday. The Guantanamo Review Task Force, created in response to a 2009 presidential executive order [Executive Order 13492, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]

Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was celebrated Sunday, coinciding with the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) [official website]. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] declared [press release] that the day … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Friday commended [press release] Mauritania for adopting a new law that establishes harsher sentences for slavery crimes, urging full implementation. The law adopted last week by the Mauritanian National Assembly doubles prison terms for slavery convictions, declared slavery a crime against humanity, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Thursday for the release of three anti-slavery activists [press release] who were jailed in Mauritania. One of the jailed activists is prominent opposition politician Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was the runner-up in June's presidential elections. The former presidential candidate is also … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Libyan Justice Minister Salah Maraghni announced Saturday that the war crimes trials of Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], and brother-in-law and former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], will occur within the next month. Maraghni stated [RIA Novosti report] that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, former Prime … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The trial of former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [JURIST news archive] began on Monday, but the hearing was postponed until December 10 to give counsel from both sides additional time to prepare for the case. Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2012
by Fangxing Li

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Libyan government to hand over former military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [JURIST news archive] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to face charges of crimes against humanity. Fearing there is little chance al-Senussi, a high-ranking member … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Libyan government lawyers on Tuesday urged [press release] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] judges to allow Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives] to be tried in Libya, promising a fair trial for the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Libyan officials spoke during a … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The trial for Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, will be postponed for five months so the prosecution can obtain evidence from Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], government officials announced on Sunday. Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya [JURIST report] from Mauritania last … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mauritanian authorities extradited former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya on Wednesday according to Mauritania state news agencies. Al-Senussi was arrested [JURIST report] in Mauritania in March, and Libya is now seeking to try al-Senussi [BBC report] for crimes he purportedly committed while serving under former Libyan … [read more]

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