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UN rights chief: Syria government abuses 'far outweigh' rebels
April 9, 2014
Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Mali an....... [more]

HRW: African nations should investigate the use of cluster bombs in South Sudan
February 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts in the....... [more]

HRW urges probe of South Sudan civilian attacks
January 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for South Sudan leaders, the African Union (AU) and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, "Appalling crimes have been committed....... [more]

South Africa president urges end to political violence after arrests
January 13, 2014
South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday stated that the governing African National Congress (ANC) will not condone political violence. The statement came as 30 of his supporters, three minors and 27 adults, were expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate Court for throwing stones at members....... [more]

Africa leaders meet for summit to end fighting in South Sudan
December 26, 2013
African leaders met Thursday in South Sudan for closed-door talks about ending the fighting that began in the country earlier this month. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir in the capital city of Juba with a focus....... [more]

South Africa high court rules authorities must investigate Zimbabwe crimes against humanity
November 27, 2013
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that South African authorities have a duty to investigate and prosecute international crimes, regardless of where those crimes were committed. In the case, National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v. Southern African Human Ri....... [more]

UN General Assembly elects states to serve on Human Rights Council
November 13, 2013
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Viet....... [more]

South Africa court sentences members of extremist group
October 29, 2013
A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid treason trial. The extremist group is responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Earlier, the cou....... [more]

Southern African Tribunal Weakened By Endorsment of Mugabe Re-Election
September 11, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Drew F. Cohen, a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discusses the consequences of the Southern African Development Community endorsing Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's re-election...Despite requests from Botswana to open an investigation into voter fraud, so....... [more]

US Voting Rights
July 21, 2013
The right to vote has been a contentious issue in the US since the inception of the country. There was no specific right to vote or qualifications to vote drafted into the US Constitution. Each state was left to develop individual standards on how to run their voting and election processes. During t....... [more]

The Voting Rights Act
July 20, 2013
The Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that "he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Ratified in 1870 as one of the so-called "Reconstruct....... [more]


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