August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a statement Thursday condemning a currently unidentified extremist group for the detention of 43 peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in southern Syria. A further 81 peacekeepers are stranded near Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah, with ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday announced key findings from the latest report on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international law. ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Friday that at least 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict —almost double the number from last year's report. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated that the number, based on information from the Sy... ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
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 ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Jason Kellam
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 ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher
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 ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become suicide bombers. The report claims that Islamist ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to ...[read more]

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