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UN General Assembly: North Korea should be referred to ICC
November 19, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Ko....... [more]

HRW: human rights abuses rampant in Crimea
November 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday that Russian occupation in Crimea has led to serious human rights violations. In the 37-page report, titled "Rights in Retreat: Abuses in Crimea," HRW documented several cases of persecution of groups opposed to Russian occupation, the imposition of Russian c....... [more]

Russia urged to investigate deaths and abductions of Crimea activists
October 27, 2014
The Council of Europe said Monday that Russia must investigate the deaths and abductions of activists in Crimea and ensure that the rights of minorities and media are respected. A 16-page report by Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks documented cases of three missing civil society....... [more]

France appeals court approves extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minister
October 25, 2014
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was or....... [more]

Amnesty: Atrocities in eastern Ukraine must be investigated
October 20, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a report documenting extra-judicial killings by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine, though the advocacy group cautions that the actual number of atrocities is not on the scale reported by Russian media. According to the r....... [more]

Putin orders the removal of troops from Ukraine border
October 12, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border in preparation for an upcoming meeting between the presidents of the two countries. The Russian government website released the statement in regards to the order stating, "Putin ordered to launc....... [more]

Latvia elects center right coalition despite efforts by pro Russian party
October 5, 2014
Latvia's center right coalition on Sunday won majority in the nations general election. The victory for the center right coalition comes as a huge victory over the pro-Russian support group which were considered a major opposition within the election. Many Latvians feared the pro-Russian concord pa....... [more]

HRW urges Putin to veto restrictions on media freedom
October 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to veto a series of amendments that would severely limit the freedom of the media. The new amendments seek to limit foreign involvement in Russian media by prohibiting any foreign entity from owning more than 20 percent of a Russ....... [more]

ECHR recognizes Scientology church as legal entity in Russia
October 2, 2014
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either rejected....... [more]

Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal investigation against Russia law enforcement agency
September 30, 2014
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation follow....... [more]

Judicial Backsliding in Russia
September 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests that this reputation is not completely justified. Th....... [more]




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