MILITARY COMMISSIONS
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Pentagon overturns rule that forced relocation of military judges to Guantanamo
February 28, 2015
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up the litigation process in military commi....... [more]

9/11 case halted by order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo
February 26, 2015
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of speedi....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee's terrorism conviction overturned
February 19, 2015
The US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee. In 2014....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must reject pro-military detention amendments
February 13, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last year's military coup....... [more]

US government admits former Guantanamo detainee wrongfully convicted: lawyer
January 23, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the con....... [more]

HRW denounces conviction of Tunisia blogger
January 7, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian governme....... [more]

Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
November 24, 2014
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of....... [more]

Egypt military court sentences Morsi supporters
November 17, 2014
An Egyptian military court in the northeastern city of Suez on Monday sentenced 20 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi to jail terms ranging from one to 25 years. The court convicted the 20 individuals of destroying police and army vehicles, rioting, and committing acts of violence in the....... [more]

Head of UN mission in DRC welcomes sentencing of militia leader for war crimes
November 10, 2014
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler on Sunday commended the sentencing of a former militia commander accused of war crimes. General Jerome Kakwaku was sentenced by a military court to 10 years in prison for his leaders....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 7 Islamic militants to death
October 22, 2014
An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of seven Islamic militants who were convicted of killing army officers. The original charges brought against the Islamic militants were shooting at security forces, planning terrorist operations,and attacking military bases and f....... [more]

UN report: Colombia should reconsider military jurisdiction expansion bill
October 2, 2014
A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill-85....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Military Commission Orders [US DOD]

    Military Commissions [Pentagon Library]

    Military Commissions [LLRX]

    Military Commissions [HRF]

    Report on Military Commissions [ABA]

    Military Commissions [HRW]

    Military Commissions Q&A [HRW - PDF]

    Hamdan symposium [NYU JLL]