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Prominent Iran human rights lawyer banned from practicing law
October 19, 2014
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However....... [more]

Thailand scholar facing charges for comments against former king
October 19, 2014
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The action....... [more]

Martina Johnson Arrested in Belgium and Accused of War Crimes in Liberia
October 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major m....... [more]

Khmer Rouge defense lawyers announce boycott of genocide trial
October 18, 2014
Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan announced Saturday their intent to boycott the second trial against their clients in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) until the lawyers have had time to appeal the men's earlier....... [more]

UN rights office condemns Maldives prosecution of human rights commission members
October 18, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the country's human ri....... [more]

Ex-Khmer Rouge genocide trial opens in Cambodia
October 17, 2014
The first trial judging charges of genocide against Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened on Friday with the prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, th....... [more]

Pakistan court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of blasphemy
October 17, 2014
Pakistan's Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed while working in a field with several Muslim women. Bibi maintains that....... [more]

Saudi Arabia sentences cleric to death
October 16, 2014
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government in....... [more]

Iraq government-backed militias committing war crimes: Amnesty
October 14, 2014
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia fac....... [more]

China court sentences 12 to death for Xinjiang attacks
October 13, 2014
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang in July. Nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and another 20 people received shorter sentences....... [more]

Egypt jails Muslim Brotherhood leaders for 15 years over lawyer's torture
October 11, 2014
An Egyptian court on Saturday jailed eight men, including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak. The defendants were convicted of torturing, electrocuting and sexually assaulting a lawyer after locking....... [more]




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