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UN rights experts urge greater regulation of private security companies
October 29, 2014
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call come....... [more]

Federal jury returns guilty verdict for Blackwater security guards
October 23, 2014
A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi, who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, and....... [more]

UN rights expert reports escalating violations against Iraq civilians
October 22, 2014
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday expressed grave concern over escalating human rights violations by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Simonovic provided a report accessing the human rights issues in Iraq after spending some time on a trip within the region. Upon....... [more]

UN urges Iraq to place moratorium on death penalty
October 20, 2014
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 (OHCHR....... [more]

Iraq government-backed militias committing war crimes: Amnesty
October 14, 2014
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia fac....... [more]

New Zealand PM calls for review of legislation to deal with foreign terrorist fighters
October 13, 2014
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced Monday a targeted review of the nation's legislation "in relation to foreign terrorist fighters." The four-week review will be led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and, according to Key, "is likely to recommend that some urgent change....... [more]

UN releases report of human rights violations under ISIL
October 2, 2014
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly released a report on Thursday, detailing the staggering amount of human rights abuses that have occurred under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The report examines various violatio....... [more]

New UN human rights chief condemns ISIL
September 27, 2014
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution earlier....... [more]

Of Course It Is a War, and It Is Lawful
September 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to....... [more]

US provides legal justification for Syrian airstrikes
September 24, 2014
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, le....... [more]

Saudi Arabia clerics condemn terrorism
September 17, 2014
Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers of....... [more]




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