September 20, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday summoned Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta to appear in the court on October 8. Kenyatta and the Kenyan government have been charged with holding onto documents requested by prosecutors working on Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial. If Kenyatta ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday criticized a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program ...[read more]
February 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ratified a new counterterrorism law that goes into effect Sunday in the Arab nation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who argue the law unduly restricts free speech. The law is composed of 41 articles, and it states that any act which undermines ...[read more]
December 31, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to reject the country's recently-passed counterterrorism law. HRW alleged that the law's definition of terrorism is overly broad, and will impose unfair restrictions on free speech and unduly criminalize any ...[read more]
December 3, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr. of the Jindal Global Law School says that Pakistan has failed to comply with its counterterrorism obligations under international law and that this should be kept in mind when assessing the US' use of force in Pakistan...Ubi jus ibi officium. ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Under the auspices of combating terror, the Bush administration took many steps following 9/11 that according to some have curtailed civil rights. Chief among these was the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which was signed by Bush on October 26, 2001. The original legislation contained 10 ...[read more]
June 8, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Friday urged the Obama administration to provide more clarity on its counterterrorism policies. While Emmerson's office recently released a statement strongly in favor of the new policies laid out in a speech by US ...[read more]
May 24, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
US President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday on US counterterrorism policy and efforts, outlining plans to restrict the use of unmanned drone strikes and to renew efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In Obama's first major speech on counterterrorism since his re- ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali have ...[read more]

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