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Legal News
4 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Sunday for Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgents to stop illegally confiscating aid [press release] to people in the besieged of Taiz. HRW claims that rebels have confiscated items including food, water, cooking gas and medical supplies. HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Two of three Guantanamo Bay detainees scheduled for release boarded a plane for transfer on Wednesday while the third detainee turned down the opportunity. Though the two released detainees were natives of Egypt and Yemen, they were resettled in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro [DOD press releases]. The third … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Foreign Ministry [official website] of Oman on Thursday reported [statement, in Arabic] that 10 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived temporarily to Oman. The US Department of Defense later confirmed the move [press release]. On Monday human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] Saudi Guantanamo detainee Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Monday. The Periodic Review Board (PRD) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Shamrani does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] on Friday informed the UN [official website] that it would be rescinding its order expelling the top UN human rights representative from the country. Yemen's UN Ambassador Khaled Alyemany had previously sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday released a report [text] saying that Houthi authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained at least 35 people in the country's capital, Sanaa. The rights group further states that the individuals have been in custody for over a year, and that several … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday warned [statement] that the use of cluster bombs by a Saudi-led coalition against neighborhoods in Yemen may amount to a war crime. Cluster bombs spread bomblets over a wide area, many of which do not immediately explode, allowing the bomblets to … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday encouraged the Yemen government to reconsider its decision [press release report] to expel the country's human rights representative. The government claimed that George Abu al-Zulof, the human rights representative, was biased and failed in assessing the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Two Yemeni men captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released to Ghana, officials said [press release] Wednesday. These two are among the 17 detainees scheduled for release this month [JURIST report]. The men were suspected of training with al Qaeda and fighting with … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that the civilian death toll in Yemen has reached nearly 2,800 [press release] over nine months of fighting. The UN reported that the number of civilian deaths rose sharply in December despite an agreed upon … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) [official website] has appealed [press release] to all the parties involved in the Yemen conflict to allow the safe passage of food to the city of Taiz where people have been going hungry for weeks. According to Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses the need to strengthen existing international law on incendiary weapons ... Incendiary weapons inflict almost unrivaled cruelty on their victims. Photos taken after an incendiary weapon attack on a Syrian school show the charred bodies of children, who must have … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

According to an official US government document [text, PDF], a man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was a victim of mistaken identity. Mustafa Abd-al Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a courier and trainer for Al … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released its ruling [opinion] that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the US Wednesday to halt the sale of weapons [press release] to the government of Saudi Arabia [HRW backgrounder]. The call comes days after the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced a Foreign Military Sale [news release] estimated at $1.29 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday rejected [judgment, PDF] a challenge to an immigration rule requiring foreign spouses of UK citizens to speak English before relocating to the UK. The provision [Home Office backgrounder], announced in June 2010, requires an immigrant to be able to speak English … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Five Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Department of Defense (DOD) [press release] announced Sunday. The Guantanamo Review Task Force (GRTF)[text, PDF] unanimously approved [NPR report] for transfer four of the five detainees more than five years ago. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A rise in defense spending and a lack of oversight in Middle Eastern and North African governments puts these nations in a high risk for defense corruption, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the Transparency International UK Defense and Security program [advocacy website]. Private sector involvement … [read more]

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