April 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Sunday that there have been more more incidents of serious fraud reported in the April presidential election than the previous election in 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out. The April 5 vote has ...[read more]
April 13, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An Afghan election official from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) warned in a news conference Wednesday that Saturday's national election may may have suffered a degree of fraud. According to IECC spokesperson Nadir Mohsini In the 48-hour period for filing complaints after ...[read more]
March 22, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where ...[read more]
March 6, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist J. Wells Dixon, Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, says that the continued detentions at Guantánamo are arbitrary and unduly perpetual...In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared that the US would complete its m... ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says that the deplorable state of women's rights in Afghanistan should not be tolerated and that changes must be made...Four years ago, a long-awaited law to protect women and girls from violence, the Law on Elimination of Violence Against ...[read more]
February 17, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law expressly prohibits "relatives" from ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday issued the 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, which found a total of 8,615 civilian casualties in 2013, a 14 percent increase since 2012. According to the report, 74 percent of the total civilian deaths and ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Odah filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that he should be freed from prison upon US withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing international law's mandate that prisoners of war be released once a conflict has ended. ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday encouraged Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities from speaking ...[read more]

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