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Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday addressed the challenges [statement] of upholding the fundamental rights of children in war zones, stating that protecting children is a "moral imperative and legal obligation." The Secretary-General spoke on the issue during an open debate on children and armed conflict which … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Ukraine Prosecutor General [official website] on Wednesday revealed that two government soldiers have been detained for alleged links to the murders of two women who sympathized with armed separatists from the east. It is reported [AP report] that earlier this week the soldiers broke into the home of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [official website] released its tenth report [press release, PDF] on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladmir Putin [official website] signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation and not specifically defined within … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ukranian Parliament on Tuesday approved controversial martial law regulations that will purportedly allow for extrajudicial detention and relocation of foreign citizens "who threaten or undertake aggression towards Ukraine." If enacted, the new law will also allow Ukrainian authorities to condemn private property and proscribe conduct and political parties … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website], Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern [press release] Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement [BBC backgrounder], a ceasefire deal proposed for peace … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin [official website] on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted [JURIST report] the ICC permission to investigate crimes … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures [AI report] showing bullet wounds to the heads and bodies of four Ukrainian … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks [AP report] a major reversal in the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Thursday released its observational findings [press release] on human rights abuses in Russia [text], concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston [official website] on Tuesday warned [press release] that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas violates the laws of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control [AP report] over the South Ossetia [BBC profile] breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] An EU official said [press release] Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [official website] on Sunday spoke to Germany's Bild newspaper [official website, in German], calling for further sanctions against Russia after they allegedly failed to honor a ceasefire. An agreement [BBC backgrounder] was signed in Minsk in September calling for the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Five men appeared in a Moscow courtroom Sunday for charges relating to the murder of liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov [BBC profile]. Nemstov was shot in the back four times [BBC report] on a bridge near the Kremlin before the unidentified shooter fled … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty [AP report] of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA … [read more]

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