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5 hours ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday called on [statement] North Korea's government to stop violating international obligations after a missile launch conducted by the country. The launch, which the statement calls "deplorable," violates "relevant Security Council resolutions" according to Ban. He further reiterated his call on the … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] in a statement [press release] released on Friday urged all concerned countries to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice" scarring girls for life [UN news report], endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], holding Monday that a Somali torture claim lacked a "sufficient nexus" with the US to allow jurisdiction under the Alien Tort … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] for the South Korean government to pass legislation that would promote human rights in North Korea. A divisive bill proposed in 2005 provides for the creation of a North Korean Human Rights Foundation (NKHRF) and a system to document … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday condemned [press release] the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday that satellite images show five possible mass graves in Buringa, Burundi, which may be connected to last month's infamous massacre. On December 11, security forces killed [Newsweek report] at least 87 armed protesters who stormed military barracks in the capital … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A delegation from the United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday met with [press release] top government officials in Burundi, in an effort to end months of political turmoil in the country. Led by Ismael Gaspar Martins, Samantha Power and Alexis Lamek, the delegation met with Burundian President … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The EU's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] sentenced [press release] a Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians on Thursday. Oliver Ivanovic was arrested [JURIST report] in January 2014 for the murder and torture of Albanian civilians during the 1999 war … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed his concerns on Friday regarding rising conflicts Burundi that have given rise to gang rapes, torture, ethnic repression, mass graves, and secret detentions and disappearances. Zeid reports that 432 people have been killed [AP report] in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Lisbon, Portugal, ruled on Friday that a former CIA operative shall be extradited to Italy to serve a seven-year sentence for her involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Operative Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 former … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has begun the first assessment of the Rule of Law [materials] in Poland, a member state, concerning the EU policy of Media Freedom and Pluralism materials] as well as changes in the nation's Constitutional Tribunal. The Rule of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] legislation that would increase sanctions against North Korea for its continuation of nuclear testing. The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] amended the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act [HR 757, PDF] to include ways to prevent North Kore from … [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
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Lebanese residency laws risk creating a large undocumented community of refugees living at the margins of society, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] released Tuesday. Residency regulations adopted in January 2015 require [HRW report] refugees to apply to renew their residency permits under two categories: … [read more]

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