November 24, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
Human rights violations committed by IS continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state, Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Allison Hall
On August 8, 2014 the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The US has since expanded its operations into neighboring Syria. President Obama and his administration proceeded with the airstrike campaign without official congressional approval. Debate surrounding the legality of the ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Syrian refugees are facing human rights abuses and destitution as they flee into Turkey, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The report, "Struggling to Survive: Refugees from Syria in Turkey," addresses hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have faced live fire at the Turkish border ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The UN commission of inquiry for the Syrian Arab Republic reported on Friday that the Islamic State (IS) is responsible for war crimes on a "massive scale" in Syria. The report is based on 300 witness accounts that detail the extent of IS's abuse of Syrian civilians in areas under the group's ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic called Tuesday for a strict international law to end the use of incendiary weapons. The report was published in response to evidence of repeated incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and Syria. According to the report, the ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Kurdish children from Kobani, a city that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border, were tortured and abused by the Islamic State (IS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. IS reportedly abducted 153 Kurdish boys on May 29, 2014 and held them at a school in Manbij, 55 kilometers outside of Kobani. ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians ...[read more]

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