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Pakistan court sets 2-month deadline for 2008 Mumbai attacks case
April 13, 2015
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday ordered the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court to conclude its case over the 2008 attacks in Mumbai within the next two months. The case has been ongoing since 2009 against seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with connection to the attacks, which killed....... [more]

India court strikes down law criminalizing offensive Facebook speech
March 24, 2015
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The l....... [more]

Amnesty India: Sri Lanka presidential visit should emphasize justice
February 15, 2015
Amnesty International India (AII) said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, focus....... [more]

Bangladesh high court: government must take steps to stop protests
February 15, 2015
The Bangladesh High Court on Sunday ordered the government to take "effective action" to quash ongoing protests that have left more than 100 people dead. The protests have been led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalistic Party (BNP), since January 5, when an inde....... [more]

Australia High Court rules high seas detention of asylum seekers lawful
January 28, 2015
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lanka....... [more]

UN chief: India can play major role in climate change, development, human rights
January 13, 2015
In his address to the Indian Council of World Affairs Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on India to be a world leader in peace, human rights and sustainable development. He urged India to "renew its leadership in nuclear disarmament" and to facilitate cooperation in South Asia as the w....... [more]

President of India approves new judicial appointment measure
December 31, 2014
India's President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee approved the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill on Wednesday to modify the judicial selection process in the nation's supreme courts and 24 high courts. The bill replaces the 20 year-old collegium system, which was criticized within India i....... [more]

Pakistan asks UN for border protection
October 12, 2014
The Pakistan Government on Sunday wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleading for assistance in border protection after at least 14 people were shot and killed near Kashmir. Pakistan has accused India of deliberately violating the established ceasefire by allowing cross border shoo....... [more]

India court convicts top official for corruption
September 27, 2014
An Indian court on Saturday sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago. Special Judge John Michael D'Cunha held Jayaram "guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income" under Sectio....... [more]

India high court rules private companies must return coal assets to government
September 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that private companies must return the vast majority of coal block assets allocated to them by the national government from 1993 to 2010, which were sold under a corrupt bidding system. The court held 214 of the 218 designated coal mine blocks must be retur....... [more]

India top court says Modi should disqualify charged politicians
August 27, 2014
India's top court on Wednesday ruled that lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government positions but that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be allowed to choose his own cabinet. The supreme court expressed hope that, despite this freedom, Modi would keep public expectations a....... [more]




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