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Legal News
13 hours ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] on Wednesday called [press release] for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 day ago
by Eric Johnson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric A. Johnson of University of Illinois School of Law discusses the recent Criminal Code Improvement Act ... In November 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015" [PDF] to the House floor. The bill would, among other things, add … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Monday that at least 21 people died [press release] in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in attacks aimed at Hutus, with 40 more people being wounded and dozens of houses burned. This … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Syrian government is systematically exterminating detainees, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. The report details [press release] that thousands of detainees held by the Syrian government have been beaten or have died as a result of injuries sustained … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International [advocacy website] (AI) warned [press release] Monday that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] is insufficiently equipped to handle dangers of instability and deadly violence to civilians in Central African Republic (CAR). AI's investigative report [text] describes how major gaps … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Kenyan member of parliament (MP) on Friday evening called for all judges of the Kenyan Supreme Court [official website] to resign after it was recommended that a tribunal investigate Justice Philip Tunoi for allegedly accepting a Sh200 million bribe. MP Olago Aluoch of Kisumu West said [Daily Nation … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday urged nations affected by the Zika virus to review their laws and allow women access to contraceptive devices and abortion [press release]. The commissioner reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to a condition involving … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two minors for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. The court sentenced one of the minors to life in prison while the other received 21 years as they were believed to have had a lesser role in the crime. A third minor is awaiting … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Experts from the UN and the Inter-American human rights systems urged Canada Monday to address the "root causes" [press release] of the extreme violence and discrimination against indigenous women and girls in the country at a meeting with Canadian Ministers for Justice, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and for the Status … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
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
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A court in India on Friday convicted [Indian Express report] six of the eight accused of gang raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student in the Kamduni village district of the state of West Bengal. The conviction comes after more than two-and-a-half years since the incident, which prompted strong public … [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
29 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said Friday his office is investigating allegations of sexual abuse [press release] against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) by EU forces. Most of the alleged abuse took place in 2014, near the M'Poko camp for displaced … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Gbagbo faces four charges of crimes against humanity for murder, attempted murder, rape and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that Burundian authorities failed to provide entry [press briefing] to independent rights experts dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the nation. The team, composed of two Special Rapporteurs for … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The internationally-recognized Libyan parliament voted Monday to reject a proposal by the UN-supported unity government to curb the country's political crisis. In an 89-15 vote, the parliament rejected [Reuters report] the cabinet selected by the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) and said the council would be dissolved if it failed … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Central Africa Republic (CAR) constitutional court on Monday certified the results of the first round of the recent presidential vote, resulting in a runoff between two former prime ministers. The election results reported [AP report] that Anicet Georges Dologuele received about 24 percent of the vote, and Faustin … [read more]

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