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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
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
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A court in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to multi-year jail sentences for their roles in a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009. Leading the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], Ignace Murwanashyaka … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A pair of UN officials on Tuesday condemned the "virtual silence" with regards to the increasing impact on civilians of the escalating conflict in Yemen. On Monday the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein communicated to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The president of Yemen on Sunday backed out of talks arranged by the United Nations (UN) [official website] with Shiite rebels. It was announced [AP report] by his office that there would be no talks until the rebels accept a UN resolution that would require them to remove themselves … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A UN report published Friday found that the Sudanese government has failed to address human rights violations in Darfur. The report [text, PDF], based on information provided by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website], details widespread human rights violations and "endemic impunity." UNAMID reported that … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The fighting in Yemen [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] between Huthi militias and anti-Huthi armed groups has indiscriminately killed and wounded civilians with unlawful airstrikes in civilian neighborhoods, according to a report [materials] issued Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. All parties to the conflict have also engaged … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [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
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]

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

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
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
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]

Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes" [press release]. HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, … [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
12 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] both sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to "take immediate steps to protect civilians in the days before [the ceasefire] comes into force ... on Saturday night at midnight." According to the group, civilians are now at an … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that a report [text, DOC], produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website], "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during … [read more]

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