Colombia signs peace agreement with rebel force before Pope's visit

[JURIST] Colombia’s government signed a peace agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN) [InSight Crime profile] in Ecuador on Monday, two days before Pope Francis’s visit to the country. In a speech on Monday, Colombia’s president, ...Read More

Kenya Supreme Court invalidates recent presidential election results

[JURIST] Kenya’s Supreme Court [Official website] ruled 4-2 Friday to invalidate [materials] the recent presidential election. President Uhuru Kenyatta was reelected after winning 54 percent of the votes in the recent election, which was he...Read More

Myanmar: UN expert speaks out against violence in Rakhine state

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee [official profile] on Thursday expressed grave concern [press release] for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as the “cycle of violence” against them worsens. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to Banglad...Read More

UN rights experts express concern over blocked websites in Egypt

[JURIST] Two human rights experts with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] issued a statement [press release] Wednesday detailing their concern over websites, including many news sites, that ha...Read More

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf declared a fugitive

[JURIST] A Pakistan anti-terrorism court declared former president and army general Pervez Musharraf [Britannica profile] a fugitive from the law [Reuters report] on Thursday concerning the assassination of former prime minister, and first ...Read More

UN rights chief: forces fighting Islamic State must protect Syria civilians

[JURIST] Forces fighting Islamic State (IS) [Al Jazeera backgrounder] insurgents to regain lost territory in Syria must not sacrifice lives of civilians still trapped in the areas, UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profil...Read More

UN rights chief: Trump attacking freedom of press

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump’s constant criticism of journalists constitutes an attack on the freedom of the press. “It’s really quite ...Read More

Uber under investigation for foreign bribes

[JURIST] Uber [corporate website] confirmed on Tuesday that they are currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for bribing foreign officials. The DOJ is seeking to determine whether Uber operated...Read More

NGOs call for independent inquiry into Yemen rights violations

[JURIST] In an open letter[text] addressed to representatives of the Member and Observer States [materials] of the United Nations Humans Rights Council [official website], 56 national, regional and international nongovernmental organization...Read More

UN rights chief concerned over violence in northern Rakhine state

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged [press release] people to refrain from violence against Myanmar security forces, for authorities to adhere to human rights law, and for authorities to pro...Read More

UN urges member states to ratify convention to combat enforced disappearances

[JURIST] Multiple UN experts on Tuesday urged [press release] all member states to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance [text, PDF] as the rates of enforced disappearances are inc...Read More

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