June 9, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses fully autonomous weapons and their human rights implications... Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned both the Syrian government and the armed rebels for their callousness towards the hardships both groups have imposed on the people of Aleppo. Pillay had previously opined that human rights violations by Syrian government ...[read more]
May 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Monday finding that the use of fully autonomous weapons by militaries or law enforcement would be an affront to basic human rights and should be preemptively banned by international convention. The report, entitled "Shaking the Foundations: The Human ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN troops, which will be known as MINUSCA, will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers and will not take over until September. French ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher
In recognition of the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged global leaders Monday to take seriously the recommendations of commissions of inquiry and truth commissions in ...[read more]
October 20, 2013
by Julie Deisher
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to cease fire in rural Damascus to allow humanitarian agencies to evacuate the remaining civilians and deliver medical aid and supplies to conflict areas. ...[read more]
September 21, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explored the the difficulty of identifying who the rebels are and what their overreaching goals are in the Syrian civil war. In ...[read more]
August 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Nine apparent ballistic missile attacks on populated areas have killed at least 215 civilians, including 100 children, between February and July Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. Ballistic missiles with large payloads of high-explosives have a wide-area destructive effect, making it ...[read more]
May 26, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council on Friday commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). On May 25, 1993, the UN passed Resolution 827, which established the ICTY as an "ad hoc measure" for the prosecution of "persons ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday passed a resolution to promote reconciliation and accountability in war-torn Sri Lanka, a nation facing various allegations of human rights violations. Calling for an "independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of ...[read more]

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