April 7, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The US Supreme Court on Monday asked for the Obama administration's position on an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' families were awarded $2.65 billion in 2007 ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Thursday praised Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed for an increase in funding to help Syrian refugees. The new UNHCR report entitled Living in the Shadows highlights the condition of these refugees and shows many of them falling into deeper poverty. The UNHCR reported ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by William Helbling
Lebanon's Minister of Justice on Saturday called for the "sternest punishments" to the individuals in Beirut who burned the flags of the militant groups the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front. It is reported that Minister Ashraf Rifi issued a highly criticized statement which has ...[read more]
June 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Giza Criminal Court in Egypt sentenced the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, to death on Thursday for the second time in three months. Badie was sentenced along with 13 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly inciting violence that resulted in the death of ...[read more]
April 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered by the death of multiple woman allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests through the streets of ...[read more]
January 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The trial of four Hezbollah members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in 2005 began Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) .The trial is being held in absentia as the four accused men, Salim ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued a 60-page multimedia report on Friday that Syrian refugee children are suffering trauma from the Syrian Civil War, which has killed over 120,000 people. The report states that many Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon are growing up in broken ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday transferred the case files for Ayyash et al. to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah militants were indicted in 2011 on charges including terrorism and ...[read more]

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