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Legal News
1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile], expressed "utmost alarm" [press release] Thursday at the worsening situation in Syria. Zeid said that warring parties were "constantly sinking to new depths," attacking women, children, the sick and the elderly with unprecedented force throughout the nation. … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombia's Constitutional Court [official website, Spanish] on Monday revoked the mining licenses of all 347 private mining companies that had previously been granted approval to develop the ecologically endangered Colombian Andes. The resolution contradicts [Colombiareports article] part of the National Development Plan organized by the National Planning Department [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Tuesday that increased funding and international cooperation are needed to successfully combat human trafficking [UN News Centre report]. Ban stressed that human trafficking affects victims in 124 countries despite the existence of political will and legal tools to root out human traffickers. The … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] North Korea last week executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri Young-gil served [Independent report] as the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un's army since August 2013. It is believed the relationship between … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered [order, PDF] that the Obama administration delay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials] pending a resolution to legal challenges. The 5-4 decision was written in five identical orders to respond to five different … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday called on [statement] North Korea's government to stop violating international obligations after a missile launch conducted by the country. The launch, which the statement calls "deplorable," violates "relevant Security Council resolutions" according to Ban. He further reiterated his call on the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2016
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] for the South Korean government to pass legislation that would promote human rights in North Korea. A divisive bill proposed in 2005 provides for the creation of a North Korean Human Rights Foundation (NKHRF) and a system to document … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein [official profile] stated on Monday that Syrian factions should not offer amnesty for any committed war crimes as opposing sides meet in Geneva to discuss a possible end to the country's ongoing civil war. Hussein stated to the press [UN News report] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday that satellite images show five possible mass graves in Buringa, Burundi, which may be connected to last month's infamous massacre. On December 11, security forces killed [Newsweek report] at least 87 armed protesters who stormed military barracks in the capital … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that Burundian authorities failed to provide entry [press briefing] to independent rights experts dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the nation. The team, composed of two Special Rapporteurs for … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved a resolution [text] authorizing the creation of political peace mission in Colombia to monitor the disarmament between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). The mission is to last 12 months, and a team … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A delegation from the United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday met with [press release] top government officials in Burundi, in an effort to end months of political turmoil in the country. Led by Ismael Gaspar Martins, Samantha Power and Alexis Lamek, the delegation met with Burundian President … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday opened the confirmation of charges hearing against accused Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen [ICC materials]. This is the first major hearing for a leader of the LRA, and groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] have … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]

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