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Legal News
4 days ago
by Emelina Perez

Turkey must ensure that fewer refugees enter Greece by the time EU leaders meet later this month, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Saturday. Hahn stated [Reuters report] that a reduction was expected when Turkey agreed to an action plan two months ago and that Turkey has a duty to patrol … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday accused [HRW report] Iraqi Shiite militias of carrying out "revenge attacks" against Sunnis in wake of an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack at a local cafe. The militia group has abducted and killed many Sunni residents in the central Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Mass graves in Iraq are being disturbed [HRW report], which could lead to destroyed evidence in proving possible genocide committed against the Yazidi, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report released on Saturday. Dozens of Yazidi people are believed to have been killed by the Islamic State … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Christoph Strässer, Human Rights Commissioner for EU-member Germany, on Tuesday stated [text, German] that Turkey should not receive a "discount" on meeting human rights criteria to join the EU [official website]. Strässer condemned [RT report] Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stating that the human rights situation in the nation has … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday that the Islamic State (IS) is in possession of a "large and lethal" arsenal due to decades of reckless arms trading and the poorly regulated international flow of weapons into Iraq. AI reports that the IS military campaign has relentlessly targeted … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Iraqi government officials ordered Turkey on Saturday to withdraw hundreds of troops deployed near Mosul, the largest city currently controlled by Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants. Iraqi President Fouad Massoum stated that the deployment was a "violation of international norms and law" and may be … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] unanimously on Tuesday that a Turkish court order blocking access to YouTube [media website] violated [press release, PDF] Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance imposed … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A prominent human rights lawyer was fatally shot Saturday while delivering a press statement in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Tahir Elci was an influential figure [Al Jazeera report] in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, and he was the head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association [official website]. Elci was pronounced dead … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Refugees who were released from a detention center in Ankara, Turkey still face deportation [AI report], despite the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] approving an application to indefinitely prevent their deportation back to Syria, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Friday. The three refugees were detained in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday unanimously adopted [press release] a new resolution [draft, PDF] calling on all member states to fight to eradicate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [JURIST backgrounder]. Introduced by France in the wake of ISIL attacks that claimed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

A regional court [judicial website] in Hungary decided [AP report] on Thursday to deport two British citizens back to the UK pursuant to an arrest warrant for the men's unauthorized departure. Simon Keeler and Trevor Brooks, also known as Abu Izzadeen, were both convicted of charges relating to terrorist funding … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 289-137 [roll call] Thursday in favor of suspending the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US. On Wednesday the White House stated [statement, PDF] that President Barack Obama would veto the legislation [text, PDF], should it reach his desk. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2015
by Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law discusses how the media's disproportionate focus on the European dimensions of the plight of Syrian refugees...For four years, much of the world has ignored the Syrian refugee crisis. In light of this, recent media attention on the plight of Syrians … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The EU on Tuesday released a report [press release] criticizing Turkey for human rights and governmental issues which they save have not been addressed through new reforms. The report discusses how issues such as the refugee crisis and oppression of journalists could be cured by adopting reforms that mirror … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

More than 400,000 Syrian refugee children living in Turkey are not receiving an education, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Sunday in a 62-page report [text, PDF]. The report and accompanying press release [text] note that, although the Turkish government has formally granted entry into public schools for over … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Kurdish lawyer in Turkey will face trial at a later date for comments he made about the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), when he said the group was not a terrorist organization but a political movement. Tahir Elci was detained [Reuters report] on Tuesday and released later that day, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that Switzerland was wrong to prosecute former Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek for denying that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was genocide. The court, by … [read more]

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