October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
UN officials called on the government of Iraq Sunday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in response to a significant rise in executions since the country restored capital punishment in 2005. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the findings of a report on Wednesday alleging a number of summary executions and forced executions carried out against civilians by Congolese national forces during operation 'Likofi' between November 2013 and ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns urged Mexico to conduct full and impartial investigations into the killings on June 30 in the village of Cuadrilla Nueva, Tlataya, State of Mexico, during a military operation against alleged criminals. ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a series of new protocols Thursday that are expected to take effect for state executions. Her announcement followed a report issued by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety on Thursday detailing the findings of the prolonged execution of Clayton Lockett ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Shurat HaDin of the Israel Law Center announced on Wednesday that they have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. The request claims Mashaal is criminally liable for the ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Guardian US and the Oklahoma Observer filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma seeking greater media access to state executions. The lawsuit cites the botched execution of Oklahoma ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) announced Monday that it has obtained video footage, images and testimonies showing evidence of "gruesome" war crimes committed by Nigerian Military personnel. The alleged atrocities are occurring in northeastern Nigeria and are the result of a protracted conflict ...[read more]

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