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Pakistan court sentences man to death for blasphemy
July 16, 2014
A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, emphasiz....... [more]

UN tribunal rules for Bangladesh in maritime border dispute with India
July 9, 2014
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant to artic....... [more]

Pakistan passes strict anti-terrorism bill
July 3, 2014
Pakistan's parliament on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain suspects....... [more]

Pakistan court lifts Musharraf travel ban
June 12, 2014
Pakistan's Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday lifted a travel ban that had prevented former president Pervez Musharraf from leaving the country. Opponents will have 15 days to challenge the ruling, and Musharraf will not be allowed to leave the country during that time. Musharraf has expressed a des....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses Guantanamo detainee lawsuit
June 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Guantanamo detainee against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. According to the original complaint the plaintiff, Sami Abdulaziz Allaithi, was an Egyptian professor working in Kabu....... [more]

Pakistan court orders arrest of former CIA official over drone strike
June 6, 2014
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court to....... [more]

UN rights experts: Pakistan must pass measures to protect minorities
June 3, 2014
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday urged Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan targeting Ahmadiy....... [more]

UN rights chief urges action following Pakistan 'honor killing'
May 29, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing." Farzana Iqbal was killed by her family outside of a Pakistani court in the city of Lahore because she had chosen to marry the....... [more]

Federal judge orders halt in force feeding at Guantanamo Bay
May 17, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday ordered officials in Guantanamo Bay to temporarily suspend forced feedings of a Syrian prisoner kept at the detention facility on Guantanamo Bay. Syrian national Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 after being ar....... [more]

Pakistan police charge 68 lawyers with blasphemy
May 14, 2014
Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer follo....... [more]

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped US find Bin Laden quits
May 11, 2014
The lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden said on Sunday that he would no longer represent him after receiving threats from militants. Lawyer Samiullah Khan Afridi told the Associated Press (AP) that he made the decision after he received a "final" warning from milit....... [more]




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