March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Syrian government air strikes on the northern city of al-Raqqa last November killed "dozens of civilians and injured many more," Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. Although it was revealed on two occasions in November that the Syrian forces had "attacked fighters affiliated to the armed ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir to put their issues aside for the well-being of South Sudan in order to create lasting peace. He urged them to make the necessary compromises and create a power-sharing agreement ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday issued a joint press release detailing the adverse effects increasingly brutal and intense conflicts have had on children. The press ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Nepal created two commissions Tuesday to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances that occurred during the nation's 10-year civil war, said Nepali Law Minister Narahari Acharya. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will investigate abuses committed during the conflict, and the ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) President Ambassador Joachim Ruecker on Tuesday appointed a new chairperson to head the Inquiry into the Gaza conflict after the former chairperson resigned. The UNHRC appointed Mary McGowan Davis to replace William Schabas, who resigned after Israel accused him ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed "principled condemnation" of an attempted coup in Gambia earlier this week, urging respect for the rule of law. On Tuesday morning gunfire erupted near the presidential palace in Banjul. Gambia President Yahya Jammeh returned to the country ...[read more]

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