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Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group
July 21, 2014
Bahrain's Ministry of Justice on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of the Al-Wefaq party were charged recently with holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the State Department. Th....... [more]

UN reports possible war crimes in Iraq
July 19, 2014
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistanc....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences man to death for blasphemy
July 16, 2014
A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, emphasiz....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Indiana must allow humanists to officiate at weddings
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that Indiana must allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings, despite a state law that bars their participation. The court declared that the law unlawfully discriminates against nonreligious humanists who wish to have their marriage....... [more]

Iran court sentences Facebook page administrators
July 14, 2014
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against....... [more]

HRW: Iraq forces summarily executing Sunni prisoners
July 13, 2014
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals were....... [more]

Bahrain opposition leader charged over meeting with US diplomat
July 12, 2014
The public prosecutor's office of the government of Bahrain said Thursday that the country's most senior opposition leader and one of his aides will be charged for holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the office of the US Secretary of State. The Bahraini nationals are Sheikh Ali Salma....... [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]

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]

Europe rights court upholds France face covering ban
July 1, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a res....... [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]




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