April 8, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
An analysis by Human Rights Watch (HRW) of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday beheaded convicted murderer Abdelrahman al-Jahni, the fifth person to be executed since King Salman took office last month. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people so far this year, and the number of executions has significantly increased in recent years to reach ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, however, notes ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill infringes on human rights. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron to Parliament last Wednesday, proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the UK for suspicion of involvement in ...[read more]
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]

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