Saturday, February 22, 2020

Myanmar, the Rohingya, and military justice

"Seven soldiers jailed for 10 years for killing 10 Rohingya men and boys in the village of Inn Din were granted early release last November, after serving less than a year in prison."

From this Reuters report on the Myanmar government's announcement that more Rohingya-related courts-martial were in the works

Doubts in Beirut

Lebanon's Justice Minister has suggested that the country's use of military courts to try civilians should be reviewed. This has been proposed before, to no avail. Perhaps something will change this time around that will bring the country into compliance with human rights principles.

9 more civilians held for Uganda court-martial

Uganda has put nine civilians ("notorious suspected robbers") in military custody pending trial by court-martial. The basis for jurisdiction is the charge that they illegally possessed firearms. Details here. The men are being defended by an Army officer. Will they seek habeas from the High Court?

Uganda is one of the world's leading violators of the human rights norm against trying civilians in military courts.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Air Force Court goes to Liberty Law

The U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals has convened at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia, to hear an appeal in a military drug case. Liberty University's report on the court's visit, which included oral argument by law students, can be found here.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

You can't make this up (one in a series)

A civilian woman protester kicks in the groin a soldier who was guarding a government minister. Guess which Lebanese court system will be trying the case. Details here. "Malak Alaywe was charged with insulting and defaming security forces and the 'military institution.'”