June 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed alarm over reports of rights abuses in Iraq as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) forces have seized control of several cities. Pillay is concerned by reports of extrajudicial killings and summary executions, as well as ...[read more]
May 9, 2014
by William Helbling
Both sides in the South Sudan conflict are committing gross human rights violations, according to a UN report released Thursday. The UN Mission in South Sudan's (UNMISS) issued the report after compiling evidence from interviews with more than 900 civilians who were victims of and witnesses to ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ordered the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over a memorandum detailing the legal justification for the US government's targeted killing program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice president Riek Marchar reportedly ...[read more]
January 16, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for South Sudan leaders, the African Union (AU) and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, "Appalling crimes have been ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
3/15/2013: A federal appeals court judge reversed a ruling on CIA drone records . 10/23/2013: A Pakistan citizen sued the UK Foreign Office over intelligence sharing for US drone strikes. 2/7/2012: The ACLU sues the US government for information on targeted killings. 4/28/2010: A US House of ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Wayne McCormack of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that proposals to subject the executive branch's proposed targeted killings to a process of judicial review misunderstand the nature of the judiciary and the rule of law...I most respectfully but ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On March 5, 2012, US Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Obama administration's policy of targeted killings of US citizens abroad who are members of al Qaeda. In his speech at Northwestern University School of Law, Holder stressed that the procedural requirements of Due Process Clause change ...[read more]
January 24, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson announced on Thursday that he will begin investigating the legality of the use of drone strikes. Emmerson said that after asking the US to allow an independent investigation of its use of targeted killings last year, there is ...[read more]
January 3, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York ...[read more]

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