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5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Monday that at least 21 people died [press release] in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in attacks aimed at Hutus, with 40 more people being wounded and dozens of houses burned. This … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday accused [HRW report] Iraqi Shiite militias of carrying out "revenge attacks" against Sunnis in wake of an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack at a local cafe. The militia group has abducted and killed many Sunni residents in the central Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Gbagbo faces four charges of crimes against humanity for murder, attempted murder, rape and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) [official website] forces and Kurdish militias are committing mass destruction in northern Iraq that may amount to war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Tuesday. AI claims that the KRG is leading an operation to burn, bomb and bulldoze homes … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that approximately 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, further threatening the future of their societies. Nearly one in four children between the ages of six and 15 in conflict are out of school. South Sudan has the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A federal court in Ohio on Tuesday sentenced [press release] Serbian refugee Slobodan Mutic to two years in prison for lying on immigration forms about his participation in ethnic cleansing and genocide in the former Yugoslavia. A spokesperson for the Cleveland District Attorney's Office said that Mutic will be … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Guatemalan prosecutors arrested 17 former military and government officials on Wednesday on charges of committing massacres and other human rights abuses during the Guatemalan civil war. Government security forces have been blamed [AP report] for the vast majority of the 245,000 killings and disappearances that occurred during the conflict. The … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) [official website] has appealed [press release] to all the parties involved in the Yemen conflict to allow the safe passage of food to the city of Taiz where people have been going hungry for weeks. According to Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] approved a resolution on Thursday to dispatch experts to investigate human rights violations [press release] in Burundi, condemning violence in the country, use of excessive force by officials, and restrictions on freedoms. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Office (OHCHR) [official website] announced [press release] on Friday that it has received reports that human rights violations against Sunni Arab communities by Iraqi and Kurdish security forces are increasing in parts of Iraq that were reclaimed from the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Bangladesh [press release] Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Bangladesh Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders who were convicted of war crimes for their involvement in the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, second in command of the Jamaat-e-Islami group, and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic called on [press release] Somalia's international partners Tuesday to increase their aid in order for the country to maintain its gains in protecting its citizens' human rights. Simonovic described the major progress the country has made and said without continued aid … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Bangladesh has asked [VOA report] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to retract its criticism of the country's execution plans for opposition politicians convicted of war crimes at a local tribunal. In 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] convicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] has called [press release] Tuesday for an independent investigation into possible war crimes surrounding the destruction of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders [advocacy website] in Yemen. According to local sources, the Saudi-Arabia led coalition committed up to six consecutive airstrikes Monday on Haydan … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] House democrats on Friday introduced [press release] a resolution [text] calling for a Children's Bill of Rights, which would include 22 points meant to ensure the "physical well-being, social and emotional well-being, and educational and life skills" of all children. Representative Judy Chu, a sponsor of the bill, said, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human rights organizations on Friday criticized the UN Human Rights Council [official website] for passing a resolution [text] on Yemen that does not call for an independent international war crimes investigation. The Netherlands, backed by other Western countries, had proposed the UN inquiry resolution, but the Council instead adopted … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday praised the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Government of Somalia and encouraged the US to follow suit. The Convention on the Rights of the Child [text] is supported by the 18-member Committee on the … [read more]

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