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European Court exposes illegal detention facilities linked to CIA's extraordinary rendition program in Poland
July 27, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the secr....... [more]

Germany prosecutors to consider new evidence against surviving Nazi concentration camp guards
May 21, 2014
The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency, Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women could be prosecut....... [more]

Poland to investigate alleged CIA secret prison following new developments
January 24, 2014
Prosecutors investigating allegations of a CIA secret prison in a Polish forest announced on Friday that they will be looking further into recent developments surrounding the so-called "black site." According to the Washington Post, two senior CIA officials were seen delivering cardboard boxes conta....... [more]

Guantanamo detainees accuse Poland in CIA rendition torture
December 4, 2013
Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) extraordinary rendition program. The case involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national....... [more]

Russia court grants bail to several Greenpeace activists
November 19, 2013
The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles (appr....... [more]

Germany prosecutors recommend murder charges for ex-Nazi commander living in US
November 19, 2013
A German prosecutor on Monday recommended that a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota be charged with 40 counts of murder for his involvement in an attack that razed a Polish village to the ground in 1944. An earlier investigation found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was formerly a c....... [more]

Poland asks Europe rights court to hold hearing over secret CIA prison in private
November 1, 2013
Poland formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) hold an upcoming December 3 hearing regarding Poland's complicity in US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret detention facilities in private. The ECHR is scheduled for a public hearing on whether Poland hosted a secret jail....... [more]

Europe rights court avoids ruling on Katyn massacre investigation
October 22, 2013
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Monday that it is not competent to examine the adequacy of an investigation by Russian authorities into the1940 Katyn Massacre, where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). The case was brought by 15 relat....... [more]

Europe rights court to hear case against Poland over secret CIA prisons
July 30, 2013
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced Monday that it will hear a case against Poland for allegedly acquiescing to the torture of extradited prisoners by CIA agents. This case, brought by Abu Zubaydah, is the second case in which a detainee has brought charges against a third party coun....... [more]

DOJ filed discrimination suit against Arizona sheriff
May 10, 2013
On May 10, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a discrimination suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona against the Sheriff's Office of Arizona's Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The claim alleged that Sheriff Arpaio and his office unlawfully and systematically disc....... [more]

EU court rejects Poland appeal to alter distribution of carbon credits
March 7, 2013
The EU General Court on Thursday ruled against Poland in an appeal challenging the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS) mechanism for distributing free-carbon permits. Poland had claimed that the law was inequitable in its effect as it failed to take into consideration the energy portfolio of each of....... [more]


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