May 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Obama administration on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended by a task-force created in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, " ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed suit Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Emelina Perez
China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head of the Ministry of Public Security until his retirement ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert ...[read more]
March 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of ...[read more]

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