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]
March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released their annual report on death sentences and executions throughout the globe. The rights organization recorded that executions took place in 22 countries in 2013, an increase by one from 2012. Neither the 2012 or 2013 report included Egypt or Syria as ...[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]
January 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established a ...[read more]
January 21, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by ...[read more]
January 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Iraq Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday the execution of 26 Iraqi nationals for terrorism related offenses. A statement from the Ministry website said the executions took place on Sunday. Human rights groups have long opposed the use of capital punishment in Iraq and the overarching ...[read more]
November 14, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Remigiusz Henczel, on Wednesday presented the annual report to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA), claiming that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. Henczel stated that the UNHRC... ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center examines the recent Amnesty International report and provides several possible justifications for drone attacks under international law ...The new Amnesty International report urges the US to conduct a thorough, impartial ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Washington State Liquor Control Board adopted rules on Wednesday to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in retail stores. The state will place high taxes on the sales of the drug as well as a cap on the total annual production of the product. State officials hope to raise revenue ...[read more]

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