July 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The German government summoned the US ambassador John B. Emerson on Friday after the arrest of a man who is claimed to be a US spy working surveillance throughout the country. The German foreign ministry believes that a 31 year old employee of the German intelligence service BND has been working ...[read more]
June 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Ahmed Abu Khatallah made his first appearance on Saturday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia where he pleaded not guilty to a federal terrorism offense arising from his alleged participation in the September 2012 attack on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya. Khatallah was indicted ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
US military forces conducted a secret operation in Libya Sunday, capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the September 2012 attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Senate of Brazil on Tuesday passed a bill that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their users and requires providers to remove offensive materials following ...[read more]
April 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN). As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee from taking up and carrying ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which ...[read more]
February 9, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN and the African Union (AU) have signed a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui of Algeria, Commissioner for Peace and ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
US Ambassador Stephen Rapp called Sunday on Sri Lanka to investigate rights abuses by security forces during its civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). After visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, Rapp heard eyewitness accounts of serious human rights abuses and ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday encouraged action on behalf of UN members at the upcoming 2013 Convention for Conventional Weapons (CCW) on November 14-15, chaired by Ambassador Jean-Hughes Simon-Michel of France. The advocacy group supports France's initiative to add fully autonomous ...[read more]

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