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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
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a report [text] saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained at least 35 people in the country's capital, Sanaa. The rights group further states that the individuals have been in custody for over a year, and that several … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack [Gulf News profile] for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al-Barrack began [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak [Gulf News profile], accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 [AP report] in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Monday reported an increase in civilian casualties [press release] from ground engagements in Afghanistan compared to the same time last year, with indications that the number will only continue to rise in the coming months. The report appeals to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In a unanimous vote on Friday, Pakistani lawmakers [official website] passed a resolution [text] to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, despite pleas from Saudi Arabia for aid in the form of warships, aircraft and ground troops. Saudi Arabia is leading the campaign against Shia Houthi rebels in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [materials; press release] published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and assassinations. The report … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted [Daily Mail report] verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

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]


Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported [press release] Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release of some political prisoners, … [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
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated in a report [text, PDF] issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday released its annual World Report [PDF], in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth [official profile] credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International [advocacy websites] on Wednesday issued a joint statement [press release] urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters [text] to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, especially for female human … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan [press release] and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive legislative and institutional … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A court in Kuwait on Wednesday convicted 13 people of challenging the country's ruler by reciting a speech from Musallam Al Barrack [Gulf News profile], a leading opposition figure. After giving a speech during an October 2012 anti-government protest, Barrack was arrested [JURIST report] for insulting leader Emir Shaikh … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim [BBC backgrounders] rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty [AFP report] … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2014
by Ibrahim Saleh of University of Cape Town
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Ibrahim Saleh of the University of Cape Town says that a wide array of problems are currently plaguing Egypt and are severely hampering the nation's development...The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people's perception of their political community and contribute to a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law [Guardian report] expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal … [read more]

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