April 14, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Prosecutors in Libya on Monday opened the trial of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's sons, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, and more than two dozen of his former officials for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising. While his sons were not present in the court room at the ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ordered Google to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that incited massive anti-American protest in the Muslim world in 2012. The court found in favor of appellant Cindy Lee Garcia, reversing a US District ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday reported that Libya has failed to grant due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former government officials. On January 23 HRW interviewed Gaddafi, who revealed that he and the other detainees have been denied access to legal counsel. ...[read more]
February 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Tunisian authorities, in celebration of the country's new constitution, to quash the sentences of anyone convicted under laws that violate human rights, including Jaber Mejri. In March 2012, Mejri and another blogger, Ghazi Beji, were sentenced to more than ...[read more]
January 6, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Monday sentenced American-born Colleen LaRose, also known by her self-appointed pseudonym "Jihad Jane," to 10 years in prison for following al Qaeda orders in a failed attempt to assassinate a Swedish artist for his ...[read more]
January 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Tunisian members of parliament rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country on Saturday as they voted to establish a new constitution. The Islamist-led party and secular parties overcame intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet ...[read more]
November 12, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday indicted Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader ATM Azharul Islam on six charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War. Azharul, who is now 61 and serving as the assistant secretary general of JI, maintained his ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Bangladesh authorities on Saturday arrested senior leaders of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar and Rafiqul Islam Mia. The arrests were made shortly after BNP announced a new 72-hour strike, scheduled to begin Sunday. Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh ...[read more]

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