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South Africa court orders release of tapes in Zuma corruption case
August 28, 2014
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case has....... [more]

Thailand court dismisses murder case against ex-PM
August 28, 2014
The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday dismissed the murder case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban for lack of jurisdiction. Abhisit and Suthep are charged with premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the Thai military to....... [more]

UN commission describes worsening situation in Syria
August 27, 2014
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday announced key findings from the latest report on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international law. Accord....... [more]

UN rights chief cites potential war crimes in Iraq
August 25, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and chi....... [more]

China executes 8 for separatist violence and related crimes
August 24, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval by the Supreme People's Court. Three of the exec....... [more]

Indonesia high court upholds presidential election results
August 22, 2014
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over Prabowo....... [more]

UN human rights office claims Thailand laws limit free expression
August 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for investigatio....... [more]

Lawyer for Malaysia opposition leader charged with sedition
August 20, 2014
The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group, was charged with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released on bail after being charged with violating Malaysia's Sed....... [more]

Morocco court sentences activist to prison for claiming torture
August 13, 2014
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined ?4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May with....... [more]

HRW calls for international inquiry into mass killings by Egypt security forces
August 12, 2014
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of Presiden....... [more]

UN names experts to Gaza war crimes panel
August 12, 2014
The UN Human rights Council on Monday appointed three experts to an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. The goal of the commissi....... [more]




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