April 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US military on Wednesday charged former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably ...[read more]
February 28, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba.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 ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The Ugandan army on Wednesday confirmed that top Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is now in the custody of US forces. Ongwen, the second-in-command of the rebel militia group headed by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony, surrendered himself on Sunday in Central African ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with United Sikhs, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Army for refusing to allow a Sikh college student to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair. The ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. ...[read more]

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