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France court convicts 3 people for anti-gay Twitter posts
January 23, 2015
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," and....... [more]

Rwanda police officers jailed for killing anti-corruption activist
January 23, 2015
Two Rwandan police officers were sentenced Thursday to 20 years in jail for the murder of a Transparency International anti-corruption activist. The motivation for the killing was to prevent Gustave Makonene from revealing the role the two men played in mineral smuggling across the Democratic Republ....... [more]

France top court approves stripping nationality of convicted Franco-Moroccan terrorist
January 23, 2015
France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel on Friday upheld a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the Co....... [more]

Argentina president: prosecutor's death not a suicide
January 22, 2015
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday said that she is "sure" that the death of prosecutor Albert Nisman was not a suicide as initially indicated. Nisman had been appointed to lead the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association, a terrori....... [more]

Egypt court orders release of Mubarak's sons pending retrial
January 22, 2015
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, pending a retrial in a corruption case. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged for using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. Their father was sentenced to....... [more]

HRW: Ethiopia restricting media ahead of upcoming elections
January 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the country....... [more]

Egypt court orders retrial for policemen connected to 37 deaths
January 22, 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday ordered a retrial for four policemen facing accusations of involuntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of 37 prisoners in a van outside the Abu Zaabal prison in 2013. The prisoners, arrested days before during peaceful protests in support of former presiden....... [more]

UN investigators urge creation of war crimes tribunal for CAR
January 22, 2015
Members of a UN investigatory commission reported on Wednesday that crimes against humanity have been widely committed by all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for the establishment of an international court to objectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators....... [more]

Iran court sentences former vice president to 5 years in prison
January 22, 2015
The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials worth of goods. This s....... [more]

UN rights office urges halt to drug-related death penalty in Southeast Asia
January 21, 2015
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand an....... [more]

ICC prosecutor urges renewed efforts to arrest Kony
January 21, 2015
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday urged renewed efforts to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody of former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen....... [more]




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