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The Islamic State
November 21, 2014
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 k....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
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 Weste....... [more]

IS and Human Rights Violations
November 21, 2014
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 mi....... [more]

US Intervention Against IS
November 21, 2014
On August 8, 2014, the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) 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....... [more]

The Islamic State
November 21, 2014
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 targets....... [more]

Amnesty: Syrian refugees facing border abuse, destitution in Turkey
November 20, 2014
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 an....... [more]

UN investigators blame Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria
November 14, 2014
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 contro....... [more]

HRW calls for strict international law to end incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and Syria
November 11, 2014
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 even....... [more]

Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria: HRW
November 4, 2014
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. Ma....... [more]

US-led airstrikes in Syria kill 10 civilians: rights group
October 19, 2014
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 w....... [more]

DOJ seeks stay on release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos
October 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab....... [more]




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