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6 days ago
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]

Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Kenyan police on Thursday charged five men in connection with the attack on Garissa University by al-Shabaab militants in April. The attack by Somali Islamist gunmen killed 148 students, making it the nation's worst militant attack in nearly 20 years. While the four gunmen involved in the attack were … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, on Monday urged the government of Somalia to continue working to increase human rights protections [press release]. Bahame Nyanduga stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression, noting that, "Somali journalists are often harassed, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Somali government officials evicted [HRW report] thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat residents … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential [AP report] in the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency [official website] to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack [JURIST report] by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Nairobi on Tuesday ordered five Kenyan citizens and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre. The court granted state lawyers' request [AFP report] for the extended detention of the six suspects, which will likely last … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valarie Amos [official profile] issued a statement on Friday expressing the concern of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] for the safety of civilians in Yemen. Amos referred to humanitarian reports, which indicate that over the past two weeks … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Somalia's prime minister on Sunday appealed to the US government and US banks to resume allowing money transfers to Somalia, a crucial service for many in the war-torn country. Almost all US banks have stopped allowing remittance services to Somalis in the US due to recently enacted legislation [US … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced [press release] to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, in Spanish] six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Somalia's parliament on Saturday reported a vote of no confidence in Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Ahmed began his term [Al Jazeera report] in December 2013. The 153 votes requesting his resignation came in response to the tension between Ahmed and current Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud [BBC … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Thursday ordered France [judgment, in French; press release] to compensate nine Somalis, most of whom are convicted pirates, for their arrest in 2008. After hijacking [AP report] a French luxury vessel in 2008, the pirates held 30 people captive until … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two men in Egypt were acquitted for charges relating to female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] on Thursday. Since the law banning FGM was amended in 2008, this is the only case of FGM that resulted in trial. The charges stemmed from the death of a 13 year-old girl … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) [advocacy website] on Thursday issued a report [text, PDF] addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," recognizes the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [press release] renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Thursday praised [speech text] the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] stating that "[e]nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees [PDF] to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab) [NCTC backgrounder]. The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to Somalia, but was particularly … [read more]

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