HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights chief condemns 'savage extremism' of Taliban insurgents
December 16, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack o....... [more]

Rights group asks ICC to investigate Nigeria presidential candidate
December 15, 2014
The Nigerian human rights group Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice (NCDJ) on Monday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and charge presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari for post-election violence in 2011. The NCDJ alleged the violence, during which more than 800 p....... [more]

Egypt prosecutor refers 439 individuals to military tribunal over police deaths
December 14, 2014
Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday referred 439 individuals to a military tribunal for the killing of three police officers last year. The group was composed of about 139 Islamists from the southern province of Minya and 300 from the Nile Delta Province of Beheira. The prosecutor's case was based on....... [more]

ICC orders former Ivory Coast presidential ally to stand trial for crimes against humanity
December 13, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed four charges of crimes against humanity against Charles Ble Goude, and committed the ally of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to trial at The Hague. Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo to orchest....... [more]

Rights group challenges Northern Ireland abortion law
December 12, 2014
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a vi....... [more]

Human Rights 365 in Crimea
December 12, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the da....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must cancel prisoner fishing boat plan
December 11, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin opera....... [more]

Brazil truth commission reports torture during military rule
December 10, 2014
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and hidin....... [more]

Iran human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran
December 10, 2014
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and I w....... [more]

UN rights expert urges prosecution of US officials responsible for torture
December 10, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US Senate committee report....... [more]

The Senate Torture Report and Prior Admissions
December 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authoriz....... [more]




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