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Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Syria's main Kurdish militia of violating the child soldier ban. The militia has been the main force for combating the Islamic State group within the country, and has made progress in capturing land in northern Syria. The United … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thailand's military government on Friday blocked the launch of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] on the Vietnamese government's persecution of an ethnic minority, citing concerns for international security and the country's relationship with Vietnam. The launch was scheduled to take place at the Foreign Correspondents … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was originally sentenced [JURIST report] by … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping operations Edmund Mulet [official profile] said [press release] Tuesday that the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan is continuing to harm civilians. Presenting the Report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur [text, PDF] to the UN … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Syed Mohammed Hasan Ali, a fugitive commander of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani troops, was sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Bangladeshi court for torture and massacre committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War [BBC backgrounder]. Ali was found guilty on five out of six charges … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal [JURIST report] by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed alarm [press release] Thursday over the Thai government's decision to replace martial law with a new security order. On Wednesday Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC profile] announced the military government would lift martial law [JURIST … [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]


Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar [UN profile], warned [Al Jazeera report] the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The actions of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] reported [press release] Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text] documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas last September. According … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] has granted provision release to Moinina Fofana, a former militia leader convicted of war crimes. Fofana was convicted [JURIST report] in 2007 of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishment for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war and sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment, PDF] the trial chamber's decision to acquit Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui [case materials], a Congolese man accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of leading a 2003 attack … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday convicted and sentenced [judgment, PDF] Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] UN Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Zeid Raad Al Hussein [official profile] urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists [press release] that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crime[s] targeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents [CNN report] in December 2014 and January … [read more]

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