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Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Tuesday sentenced prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman [official profile] to four years in prison for insulting the Interior Ministry [official website], inciting others to break the law, and inciting hatred against naturalized Sunnis. Salman is the secretary-general of the Al-Wefaq [official website] political opposition … [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
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
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]

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
18 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text] documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas last September. According … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] and 13 others to death after finding them guilty of planning attacks against the state. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie has been sentenced to death before, although the sentences were later reduced to life imprisonment. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Bahrain's Ministry of Interior [official website] initiated a criminal investigation on Tuesday into alleged criminal content posted by the country's main opposition group, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society [official website; GU Berkley Center backgrounder]. Al-Wefaq regularly publishes content [AFP report] to its website and Twitter account, including pictures of protests … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes" [press release]. HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Iraq's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law creating a national guard in a step toward achieving national unity. The Cabinet also approved a draft law reforming a previous ban on former Baath Party members becoming part of the government. This second draft law proved challenging to pass as … [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
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation's ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced [AP report] Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Kuwait on Wednesday ordered the 10-day detainment of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah [personal Twitter account] for tweets criticizing the Gulf country's leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah [official website] and his support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Mullah was detained [AP report] Tuesday … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]

21 Nov 2014

The Middle Eastern-based Islamic State (IS) goes by many names, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but these are only recent denominations for an organization whose origins predate al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq. The forerunner of IS … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq [GU Berkley Center Backgrounder] to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] filed the lawsuit [JURIST report] in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf … [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]

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