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UN report criticizes sexual violence perpetrated by extremists in 2014
April 14, 2015
A UN report released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential in the fight against sexual violence. Ni....... [more]

Former Blackwater guards sentenced for killing Iraqi civilians
April 14, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for firing....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: formal probe into Islamic State unlikely
April 8, 2015
Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that although the Islamic State (IS) has been accused of widespread atrocities throughout Iraq and Syria, her office lacks jurisdiction to open a formal investigation into the group. Despite allegations of "cri....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds prison term for Twitter posts
April 5, 2015
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. Al-Harbi was sentenced to t....... [more]

Amnesty: 'alarming rise' in death sentences in 2014
April 1, 2015
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital punishment....... [more]

Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

UN: Asylum applications in industrialized countries greatly increased
March 27, 2015
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres dr....... [more]

UN envoy warns Security Council that Yemen nearing civil war
March 23, 2015
The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict in Yemen could erupt into civ....... [more]

DOD ordered to release detainee abuse photos
March 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) must release photographs requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for images depicting the abuse of prisoners in Ir....... [more]

UN: Islamic State may have committed genocide, war crimes
March 19, 2015
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over 14....... [more]

HRW: Iraq militias attacking civilians, violating laws of war
March 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas....... [more]




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