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Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

HRW: Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015
March 27, 2015
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread fr....... [more]

Pakistan man sentenced to death for blasphemy
March 20, 2015
A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or destroy re....... [more]

Serbia court orders detention of 8 suspects for Srebrenica massacre
March 20, 2015
A Belgrade court on Friday ordered a 30-day detention of eight Serbian suspects in connection with the 1995 Srebenica massacre, in which some 8,000 Serbian Muslim men and boys were killed in a single town. The Belgrade Higher Court said the suspects must remain in jail due to concerns that they may....... [more]

UN: Islamic State may have committed genocide, war crimes
March 19, 2015
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over 14....... [more]

HRW: Iraq militias attacking civilians, violating laws of war
March 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas....... [more]

Bangladesh Islamist leader, students indicted in death of blogger
March 18, 2015
A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued following a po....... [more]

Serbia police arrest 8 suspected of carrying out 1995 Srebrenica massacre
March 18, 2015
Serbian police on Wednesday arrested eight men suspected of having a direct role in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslim men and boys during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. In July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed in Srebrenica and the surrounding area over a period of....... [more]

Amnesty: Syria government air strikes killed civilians
March 17, 2015
Syrian government air strikes on the northern city of al-Raqqa last November killed "dozens of civilians and injured many more," Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. Although it was revealed on two occasions in November that the Syrian forces had "attacked fighters affiliated to the armed gr....... [more]

Pakistan court upholds death sentence for blasphemy killing
March 9, 2015
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing his....... [more]

UN rights expert: Libya situation 'deteriorating rapidly'
March 5, 2015
Head of the United States Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León on Wednesday warned the UN Security Council that without intervention from the international community and UN, Libya is likely to become unstable in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks. León urged the international comm....... [more]




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