May 14, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should acknowledge civilian casualties from air strikes in Libya and investigate possible unlawful attacks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. In a 76-page report, "Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATO's Air Campaign in Libya," HRW ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
The White House on Wednesday announced that President Barack Obama no longer intends to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. The about face comes after revisions by lawmakers that address the concerns of the Obama administration related to the treatment of terror suspects. The ...[read more]
November 17, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday finally agreed on a controversial detainee provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 that governs the handling and prosecuting of suspected al Qaeda detainees. The provision, which was approved by a 26-0 vote, allows the military ...[read more]
July 13, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled Tuesday that abuses by members of the military should be tried in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. The court issued a unanimous ruling ordering that military officers and personnel be tried in civilian courts when accused of torture, extrajudicial ...[read more]
June 28, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Uruguay President Jose Mujica is removing 80 administrative acts blocking investigations into crimes committed by the military junta that ruled between 1973-85, Secretary of the Presidency Alberto Breccia announced Monday. Mujica, who fought the military rule as a guerilla fighter, will issue a ...[read more]
October 22, 2010
by Ashley Hileman
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a memorandum on Thursday limiting the authority to discharge openly gay service members to five senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials. The memo is seen as a response to the uncertain future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, arising from ...[read more]
August 27, 2010
by Matt Glenn
Members of the UN Security Council expressed "outrage" Thursday over a recent mass rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), calling for justice for the victims. UN representatives allege that Congolese rebel groups Mai Mai and the Democratic Liberation Force of Rwanda (FDLR) raped between ...[read more]
April 24, 2010
by Ximena Marinero
A Navy judge in Iraq acquitted US Navy SEAL Jonathan Keefe Friday of a charge of dereliction of duty in relation to the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee implicated in the killing of four American contractors in Fallujah in 2004, citing insufficient evidence. Testimony at the ...[read more]
November 26, 2009
by Patrice Collins
Canadian former Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier testified in front of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday, denouncing allegations that Afghan detainees transferred from Canadian to Afghani authority were likely tortured by Afghan ...[read more]
August 15, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Ekaterina Porras Sivolobova, legal intern at the Center for Justice and International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes about the military justice system in Chile....Since Chile emerged as a democratic state in 1990, it has done very little to reform its military justice system to comply with ...[read more]

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