Archive | October, 2011

Ambassador Robert Ford

News Post: Ambassador Robert Ford Pulled out of Syria

Last week, the United States pulled Ambassador Robert Ford from his post in Syria, raising more questions about the role of ambassadors in areas of unrest and the role of international law in protecting the safety of diplomats.  While not recalling him formally, Mr. Ford left Syria after “credible threats against his personal safety.”  Having […]

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Mother and son in India

International Surrogacy: A Global Opportunity or Unregulated Exploitation?

By: Jesse Fishman Since 2002, when India legalized commercial surrogacy, India has become the one-stop-shop for international surrogacy.  Despite the increasing popularity, this international baby phenomenon has many critics.  They range from believing that the process is inherently exploitative, to the less critical: those that simply believe more legal regulations would help the process.  Proponents, […]

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Zaynab Alkhawaja, daughter of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja

U.S. Liability for Bahraini Human Rights Violations

If the U.S. approves the next shipment of arms to Bahrain, should it be liable for aiding and abetting violations of international law committed by Bahrain? The answer is clearly yes based on the precedent of the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.  Taylor is awaiting a final judgment from the Special Court for […]

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ICC: Consider yourself on notice.

Kudos to Senegal for ending female circumcision. Now, ICC, prosecute the remaining offenders…

Kudos to Senegal for ending the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) as reported by the New York Times last weekend.  Leadership on this issue needs to come from Africa and so it is very encouraging to see Senegal act so decisively. However, in places like Sudan and Somalia 90% of the girls are […]

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Libya and the Responsibility to Protect

The Death of R2P

A few weeks ago, Professor Ved Nanda posted on the significance of the Libya conflict for the concept of R2P. This entry takes issue with with Professor Nanda’s comment that “time will tell whether NATO by overstepping its mandate in Libya may have damaged the concept”, and instead argues that R2P in its current form […]

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Sources: BusinessWeek, NY Times, BBC, Washington Post

News Post: Tensions Rise Between Kenya and Somalia

On October 16th, Kenyan troops crossed into Somalia in an attempt to secure the border between the two countries.  Over the past month, Somali gunmen have kidnapped several Westerners, including two volunteers with Medecins Sans Frontieres, from northern Kenya.  Kenya alleges that the Somalis involved in the kidnappings are members of al-Shabaab, a militarist group […]

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Sources: CNN, The Atlantic, Reuters

News Post: Looking into the Alleged Iranian Plot

The United States claims to have uncovered a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.  The U.S. filed a criminal complaint against Manssor Arbabsiar alleging that Mr. Arbabsiar solicited a Drug Enforcement Agency informant, thought to be a Mexican drug cartel member, to bomb a D.C. restaurant while the ambassador was present.  […]

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Sources: UNAMA Report, Human Rights Watch, NY Times, Wash Post

News Post: Torture and Cruel Treatment in Afghan Prisons

In response to a startling 84-page report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), discussions about Afghan prison conditions once again appear throughout international headlines. Unlike Abu Ghraib, however, these documented accounts of torture, inhumane prison conditions and a complete lack of due process were found across and throughout detention centers in Afghanistan. […]

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Sources: BBC, NY Times, Int'l Business Times, Reuters, WSJ, Huffington Post, LA Times, Washington Post, IT World

News Post: Cyber Espionage Continues

On September 20, Japan’s top weapon’s manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MIH), confirmed it was the victim of a cyber attack reportedly targeting sensitive data on advanced weaponry and nuclear power plants.  After nearly a month of internal investigation, a media leak persuaded MIH to inform the Japanese government of the attack, which infected servers and […]

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Council of Europe

European Integration – the European Convention on Human Rights

The previous article in this series focused on the European Union. However, the EU is not the only international organization in Europe promoting a broad European integration. The Council of Europe (CoE) is another influential organization in Europe. It was founded in 1949, which thus makes it older than the EU. In similar fashion as […]

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