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Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that "shocking crimes" have been committed by all sides in the war-torn South Sudan. The report said that extra-judicial killings, disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortions, and child recruitment have occurred within the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the Department of Justice [official website], announced [press release]on Thursday, that the Department of Justice will fund a 44 million dollar grant to fight human trafficking me. The funds will support the actual fight against human trafficking, support victims, and expand research for human … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The trial of Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a former Congolese military leader also known as "The Terminator," began at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday. The rebel leader has pleaded innocent to the 18 charges [case information sheet] levied against him, including rape, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was celebrated Sunday, coinciding with the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) [official website]. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] declared [press release] that the day … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Friday commended [press release] Mauritania for adopting a new law that establishes harsher sentences for slavery crimes, urging full implementation. The law adopted last week by the Mauritanian National Assembly doubles prison terms for slavery convictions, declared slavery a crime against humanity, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Thailand's Department of Special Investigation [official website] announced [press release, in Thai] Wednesday that they have arrested two men accused of playing a significant role in a human trafficking ring. The two men were allegedly part of a group that kidnapped workers and sold them as slaves to fishing boat … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. The report [press release] states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein [official profile] reported [press release] Wednesday that retreating Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants in Nigeria have been murdering woman and girls previously taken captive by the group. Before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called Wednesday for an end to modern slavery during remarks [text] at the unveiling of The Ark of Return, Memorial to the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He stated that the memorial will commemorate the millions of victims of the transatlantic slave … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola [official website] on Thursday lauded Belgium's multi-disciplinary approach to combating modern slavery but encouraged the country to adopt stronger measures [press release] to raise public awareness of the problem and increase regulatory focus on proper victim detection and identification. In particular, Bhoola stressed that … [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 Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official websites] on Monday jointly released [press release] a report [text, PDF] detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder]. The 40-page report documents the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] Judge Callie Granade on Thursday ordered Probate Court of Mobile County [official website] Judge Don Davis to issue same-sex marriage licenses. In her ruling in Strawser v. Strange [text], Granade stated, "[t]his injunction binds Judge Don Davis and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Thursday for the release of three anti-slavery activists [press release] who were jailed in Mauritania. One of the jailed activists is prominent opposition politician Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was the runner-up in June's presidential elections. The former presidential candidate is also … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released satellite images [AI asset bank] Thursday that allegedly show the destruction of more than 3,700 buildings in the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga. The Nigerian government [official website] claims the death toll from these attacks, carried out by Islamic militant group … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Pauline Wein of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and … [read more]

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