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Barrel Bombs and Hell Canons Fuel Conflict in Aleppo
May 20, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the As....... [more]

UNESCO director calls destruction of heritage sites 'war crime'
May 14, 2015
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an e....... [more]

Amnesty condemns Syria 'war crimes'
May 5, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday condemned both the Syrian Assad Regime and anti-government rebels for committing human rights abuses and war crimes in the Syrian city of Aleppo. AI's 74-page report, based on interviews with current and former residents of Aleppo, documents "unthinkable atroci....... [more]

HRW: asylum-seekers suffering abuse at hands of Serbia police
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews....... [more]

UN report criticizes sexual violence perpetrated by extremists in 2014
April 14, 2015
A UN report released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential in the fight against sexual violence. Ni....... [more]

UN: refugees in Yarmouk suffering 'untold indignities'
April 13, 2015
A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities". There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine....... [more]

UN human rights official to make emergency trip to IS-controlled Syrian camp
April 12, 2015
The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will make an urgent trip to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the visit is prompted by the organizati....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: formal probe into Islamic State unlikely
April 8, 2015
Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that although the Islamic State (IS) has been accused of widespread atrocities throughout Iraq and Syria, her office lacks jurisdiction to open a formal investigation into the group. Despite allegations of "cri....... [more]

Syria and North Korea: The Underground Connection
March 31, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a simi....... [more]

UN: Asylum applications in industrialized countries greatly increased
March 27, 2015
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres dr....... [more]

UN envoy warns Security Council that Yemen nearing civil war
March 23, 2015
The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict in Yemen could erupt into civ....... [more]




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