January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people without prior ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia voted Tuesday to ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The law defines marriage as "a life union solely of one woman and one man" and further states that any changes to this new definition will require a ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday criticized a vote by the Turkish Parliament downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal that began in December 2013, ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Security Council on Monday condemned attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children where ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Vanessa Griffith
Torture is illegal under both US and international law. Several international agreements ban torture, all ratified by the US. The majority of these treaties and declarations do not specifically define torture. One of the sole definitions comes from the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday condemned the recent violence in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria committed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The release states that Boko Haram has been operating in this town since ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision todelay transferring ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday signed into law anti-terrorism legislation that will establish military courts for the hearing of civilian terrorism related cases. The president's signature comes one day after the Pakistan National Assembly passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian ...[read more]

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