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Jordan court sentences Muslim Brotherhood supporter to 18 months in prison
February 15, 2015
A Jordanian court on Sunday sentenced a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood to 18 months in prison for openly criticizing a decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The court found Zaki Bani Ersheid, number two ranking member of the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, guilty of making statem....... [more]

UN refugee chief urges increased support to Syrian refugees
January 14, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed for an increase in funding to help Syrian refugees. The new UNHCR report entitled Living in the Shadows highlights the condition of these refugees and shows many of them falling into deeper poverty. The UNHCR reported t....... [more]

UN rights chief criticizes resumption of executions in Pakistan and Jordan
December 22, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary can be infallible. Pakistan and Jordan put in place the moratoria on the death penalty....... [more]

Jordan reinstates capital punishment after eight years
December 21, 2014
The Interior Ministry of Jordan announced 11 men were executed by hanging on Sunday, which marks the first time Jordanian authorities delivered capital punishment in eight years. The authorities convicted the men of murder between 2005-2006. All of the men were Jordanians. Since the most recent exec....... [more]

The Senate Torture Report and Prior Admissions
December 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authoriz....... [more]

Development of IS
November 21, 2014
The Middle Eastern-based Islamic State (IS) goes by many names, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but these are only recent denominations for an organization whose origins predate al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq. The forerunner of IS....... [more]

Of Course It Is a War, and It Is Lawful
September 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to....... [more]

Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism charges, released from prison
September 24, 2014
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's 2000....... [more]

US provides legal justification for Syrian airstrikes
September 24, 2014
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, le....... [more]

US court holds Arab Bank liable to victims of Hamas
September 23, 2014
A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday found the Jordan-based Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas. The plaintiffs were 300 victims injured in attacks by Hamas against Israel. The jury found that Arab Bank conducted business with leaders....... [more]

Jordan judge pospones verdict in Abu Qatada trial
September 7, 2014
A judge presiding over the case against radical Jordan cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday stated he was delaying the pending verdict for further examination of the case. According to Judge Ahmed al-QatarnehIt, a decision on the charges against Qatada will now be issued on September 24. Qatada is facing c....... [more]




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