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UN rights expert urges UK to improve responses to violence against women
April 17, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the gover....... [more]

Germany court rejects bishop's appeal of Holocaust denial conviction
April 11, 2014
A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him ?1,800. The conviction stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said....... [more]

France court overturns extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minsiter
April 9, 2014
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both o....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee requests release on declining health
April 8, 2014
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and physic....... [more]

Rights group: more than 150,000 dead in Syria conflict
April 2, 2014
The death toll in the three-year Syrian conflict has exceeded 150,000, a British-based human rights group announced on Tuesday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 150,344 persons have died since the uprising began in March 2011. The death toll includes 51,212 civilians, in....... [more]

EU Commission to sue UK over migrant welfare policy
March 23, 2014
The EU's European Commission on Sunday announced plans to sue the UK with respect to its welfare policies, under which migrants must pass a "right to reside" test in order to gain access to the government's welfare programs. The "right to reside" test requires migrants from other EU countries to pr....... [more]

UK appeals court rejects call for investigation into 1948 Malaysia killings
March 19, 2014
The UK Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a bid for an inquiry into the shooting of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers at Batang Kali on December 12, 1948. The petition brought by the families of the deceased allege that British troops "massacred" the workers during the campaign against commu....... [more]

UK court rejects challenge to legal aid cuts
March 17, 2014
The England and Wales High Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) challenging planned government cuts to legal aid for prisoners. The charitable organizations challenged the legal aid cuts, which were enacted in December, on....... [more]

Spill Litigation and Settlements
March 11, 2014
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for de....... [more]

History of the BP Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site of severa....... [more]

British Petroleum Settlement
March 11, 2014
On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated 560....... [more]




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