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Legal News
5 days ago
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


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]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that approximately 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, further threatening the future of their societies. Nearly one in four children between the ages of six and 15 in conflict are out of school. South Sudan has the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) released its report [text, PDF] on the South Sudan conflict Tuesday concluding that both sides committed war crimes. The commission found [press release] that the South Sudan government and rebels committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including killings, rape … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Miracle Jones

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said Monday that he has deployed a mission [press release] to South Sudan after reports surfaced of human rights abuses by both sides. The 10-member team began its work last week and "will examine violations of international human … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] is urging India to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [ICC charges] when he visits the country this week. The office of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said that even though India is not an ICC signatory, the UN Security Council has lifted Bashir's … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A South African deputy minister said Sunday that the nation will leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], opining that the court has "lost its direction." Following criticism for ignoring [JURIST report] an ICC directive to arrest the president of Sudan, Obed Bapela of the ruling African National … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday extended [text] the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] by two months until December 15, 2015. The UN Security Council voted 13-0 to adopt resolution 2241 [UN press release], with two of the fifteen countries … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The EU has not done enough to address media abuses in Hungary, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] said in a report [materials] Tuesday. The international free press advocacy group stated in its report "Balancing Act" that, despite the EU's efforts to be a global leader in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] the release of Sudanese funds held by New York banks to satisfy a $315 million default judgment in the USS Cole case. The lower court found in 2012 that Sudan had provided "material … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a letter [text] to Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour encouraging the strengthening of amendments proposed to the country's 1960 penal code to better protect human rights. The articles, which are under review [HRW report] by Jordan's Legislative and Opinion Bureau, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] has requested [order, PDF] that South Africa provide an explanation for the country's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile]. As an ICC member, South Africa was required to arrest Bashir on his two-day stay in the country during a mid-June … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] South Sudan government troops on Sunday reportedly attacked a village in the country's Unity state despite a ceasefire that was set to begin the same day. The attack was reported [AP report] to the Associated Press by John Riek, who coordinates relief activities in a part of the state … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A panel of United Nations (UN) [official website] experts told the Security Council [report, PDF; press release] Tuesday that there has been increased hostility and violence in South Sudan since the adoption of a resolution imposing sanctions on the country [resolution 2206 (2015) backgrounder]. According to the panel, "Scores … [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 Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir [BBC profile], on Monday withheld from signing a peace agreement between the government and rebel forces meant to end the country's ongoing civil war. The South Sudanese conflict has been ongoing between the two parties since 2013, and has resulted in tens … [read more]

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