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Rights groups declare ISIS murder of journalist a war crime
August 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a fre....... [more]

Sistani and the Jihad
July 3, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently r....... [more]

UN: human rights abuses against children continuing with impunity
July 3, 2014
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly t....... [more]

The Use of Force Against ISIS
July 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second largest....... [more]

HRW reports mass executions in Iraq
June 30, 2014
Analysts at Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Thursday that members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed more than 160 men in at least two locations between June 11 and 14. HRW concluded that ISIS committed mass executions after seizing control of the city of Tikrit....... [more]

HRW: Syria armed groups using child soldiers
June 24, 2014
Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become suicide bombers. The report claims that Islamist groups....... [more]

UN rights body warned Syria conflict threatens whole region
June 18, 2014
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to inv....... [more]

Syria president announces general amnesty
June 10, 2014
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday declared a general amnesty for the country's prisoners, appearing to apply the decree to at least some anti-government activists and protesters, according to the official SANA news agency. The declaration closely follows the president's reelection last wee....... [more]

US judge allows force feeding of Guantanamo prisoner to continue
May 25, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order late Thursday allowing the military to resume force feeding a Syrian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, stating that "the court is in no position to make the complex medical decisions necessary" to keep the prisoner alive. In th....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns Syria government, rebels for suffering in Aleppo
May 22, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned both the Syrian government and the armed rebels for their callousness towards the hardships both groups have imposed on the people of Aleppo. Pillay had previously opined that human rights violations by Syrian government forces....... [more]

Federal judge orders halt in force feeding at Guantanamo Bay
May 17, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday ordered officials in Guantanamo Bay to temporarily suspend forced feedings of a Syrian prisoner kept at the detention facility on Guantanamo Bay. Syrian national Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 after being ar....... [more]




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