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Defense seeks to have charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner
January 27, 2015
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being held....... [more]

Afghanistan security forces arrest 5 for involvement in Pakistan school massacre
January 17, 2015
Afghanistan National Security Forces reported the arrest of five men on Saturday believed to have helped support the massacre that took place in December at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack further strained Afghanistan and Pakistan's already tense relationship, but Afghan Pre....... [more]

Convening authority throws out conviction of Noor Uthman Mohammed
January 10, 2015
The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed and dismissed the charges against him. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons instructor and logi....... [more]

NATO formally ends 13 year conflict in Afghanistan
December 29, 2014
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led Internation....... [more]

Four Afghans transferred from Guantanamo
December 21, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday announced the repatriation of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being associa....... [more]

Rights groups: donors must press for progress on human rights in Afghanistan
December 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a joint statement urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, e....... [more]

UK court allows Pakistani to sue over torture claim
November 19, 2014
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction t....... [more]

Defense lawyer argues Guantanamo detainee immune from war crimes charges
November 18, 2014
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi al....... [more]

UN calls for protection of women's rights in Afghanistan
November 13, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive l....... [more]

Guantanamo inmate of 13 years released to Kuwait
November 6, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the release of Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda from the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, after nearly 13 years of imprisonment without a trial. Al Awda is a 37-year-old citizen of Kuwait who was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan for his in....... [more]

Afghanistan outgoing president approves execution of 5 men
September 29, 2014
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were det....... [more]




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