July 17, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that the Netherlands is liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The lawsuit was brought against the Dutch government in April by Mothers of Srebrenica, a group representing mothers and widows of men ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Increasing militarization of police forces is putting citizens at risk rather than protecting them, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report titled, "War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing," analyzed data from 800 ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become suicide bombers. The report claims that Islamist ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred in our ...[read more]
April 27, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Nepalese lawmakers passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the ...[read more]
April 7, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into alleged violations ...[read more]

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