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HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners
October 31, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from Sunni and Christian p....... [more]

UK court says Libyan can sue over rendition
October 30, 2014
A British court ruled Thursday that a former Libyan military commander can sue the British government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition. In 2004, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent years in pris....... [more]

Amnesty: Libya militias committing war crimes
October 30, 2014
Rival militias in Libya are committing serious human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. According to AI since July 2013, "militias and armed groups have launched indiscriminate attacks in urban areas of the capital, Warshafana (s....... [more]

UN rights body urges Israel to investigate alleged war crimes
October 30, 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on Thursday urged Israel to investigate alleged violations committed by its forces during the recent wars in Gaza to ensure justice. Israel's latest attacks in the Gaza Strip, the third in only seven years, resulted in more than 2,100 deaths. Many of those hurt....... [more]

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death for war crimes
October 29, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Motiur Rahman Nizami to death for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. The former Cabinet minister was tried on charges that included genocide, rape, murder and torture, and was a....... [more]

UN rights expert urges ICC referral for North Korea
October 29, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of those....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences 3 lawyers for criticizing judiciary
October 28, 2014
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each con....... [more]

UN rights expert 'shocked' over Iran woman's execution
October 28, 2014
A UN human rights expert said Monday that he was "shocked" by Iran's execution of a woman convicted of murdering a man whom she accused of raping her. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in Tehran's Evin prison on Saturday morning despite international opposition from many organizations and rights groups....... [more]

China considering eliminating death penalty for 9 crimes
October 27, 2014
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. Accordi....... [more]

Egypt court orders detention of prominent activist
October 27, 2014
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, at the start of his retrial for breaking a law on demonstrations. Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting a po....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 23 protesters to prison
October 26, 2014
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 23 activists to three years in prison for protesting without a permit, an act that violates a law enacted in November 2013. The men were arrested in June while protesting the restrictive protest law that requires demonstrators to obtain permission from authoriti....... [more]




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