December 17, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council Friday that her office is dropping its investigation into the situation in Darfur. According to Bensouda, there has been no substantial progress in the investigation into President Omar Al Bashir and ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Christina Alam
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 ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The failure of Central African Republic (CAR) and UN authorities to investigate and hold individuals accountable for war crimes has led to an endless cycle of violence, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. AI says these abuses have continued after a July report by AI not only listing ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted ...[read more]
December 7, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The United Nations Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported their concerns on Friday over the outcome of both the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsak, said "I am concerned by the grand juries' decisions and the ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A UN rights expert on Wednesday called for a legally binding agreement at the national level in order to fight violence against women in member states and hold violators accountable. Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo urged the international community to take action, ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
UN human rights experts on arbitrary executions and torture on Tuesday urged the state of Texas and the US government to prevent the execution of Scott Panetti, who was sentenced to death for killing his parents-in-law in 1992. The experts contend that Panetti, who is scheduled to be executed on ...[read more]

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