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Azerbaijan urged to release political prisoners ahead of European Games
March 4, 2015
With the European Games approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliy....... [more]

5 indicted for 1993 Balkan war massacre
March 4, 2015
Serbian war crimes prosecutors said Tuesday that five people have been charged with committing a wartime massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, with 10 more still under investigation in Bosnia. The massacre occurred in 1993, when the five allegedly abducted 20 people from a train in easte....... [more]

Egypt court upholds police officers' sentence for killing activist
March 4, 2015
An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for two police officers who were convicted for torturing activist Khaled Said to death in 2010. Eye witnesses provided evidence that the officers beat the 28-year-old outside of a cafe in Alexandria. Said's killing is seen to be one of....... [more]

HRW: Afghanistan donors must urge prosecution of human rights violations
March 3, 2015
Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in a report issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of....... [more]

China implicates 14 generals in anti-corruption campaign
March 2, 2015
Chinese efforts against corruption have led to the conviction and investigation of 14 generals for corrupt financial practices, according to a Monday announcement. Chinese military prosecutors released a notice on Monday, inculpating military personnel of various levels and notoriety in serious lega....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 4 Muslim Brotherhood members to death
February 28, 2015
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, along with 14 others to life in prison. The individuals were accused of murder and possession of firearms, among other charges, after clashes near the Brotherhood's headquarters, which occurred just days before....... [more]

ICC prosecutor requests extension to confirm charges against LRA commander
February 28, 2015
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander made his first appearance before the ICC at the end of January. Ongwen is charged....... [more]

Parents of former Thailand princess arrested for defamation of royal family
February 27, 2015
The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in....... [more]

Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes
February 27, 2015
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The l....... [more]

Judge dismisses criminal allegations against Argentine president
February 27, 2015
A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel....... [more]

Egypt detains 2 police officers over lawyer's death
February 27, 2015
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were released....... [more]




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