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Everyone Benefits From Religious Liberty Protections
May 7, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh t....... [more]

HRW criticizes Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen
April 25, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement on Thursday denouncing as a violation of the laws of war an airstrike led by the Saudi Arabian coalition that led to the destruction of a humanitarian warehouse in Yemen earlier this month. The attack was said to be executed by the Saudi coalition, which....... [more]

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]




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