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HRW urges Mali to address growing violence and abuse
April 14, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday expressed concern over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from....... [more]

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]

Bangladesh executes Islamist leader for war crimes
April 12, 2015
Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was convicted of committing torture, ab....... [more]

UN human rights official to make emergency trip to IS-controlled Syrian camp
April 12, 2015
The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will make an urgent trip to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the visit is prompted by the organizati....... [more]

Idaho legislators kill child support bill
April 11, 2015
The Idaho State Legislature on Friday voted to kill legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal guidelines on the collection of child support. Legislators were concerned that the bill would force Idaho to enforce child support rulings made in foreign tribunals, particu....... [more]

Lawsuit filed against State Department for failing to evacuate US citizens in Yemen
April 10, 2015
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of US citizens still in Yemen against the US State Department and the Department of Defense for allegedly failing to launch an evacuation plan. The rights gro....... [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]

Malaysia lawmakers approve detention without trial with new anti-terror bill
April 7, 2015
Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 vote. If ap....... [more]

Bangladesh appeals court upholds death sentence for convicted war criminal
April 6, 2015
A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution so....... [more]

Pakistan military court sentences 6 to death for terrorism
April 2, 2015
The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnappi....... [more]

The Arab League Joint Military Force: Countering Extremism and Political Instability
April 1, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Ara....... [more]




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