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Former Khmer Rouge member charged with crimes against humanity
March 27, 2015
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday charged mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during the Khmer Rouge's rule in the 19....... [more]

Argentina court dismisses Iran cover-up charges against president
March 27, 2015
An Argentinian appeals court on Thursday dismissed charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for conspiring to insulate Iranian officials' from prosecution over their alleged participation in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The charges were filed by prosecu....... [more]

Turkish lawmakers approve controversial security law
March 27, 2015
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a brawl....... [more]

Amnesty: Palestinian militants committed war crimes during Gaza conflict
March 26, 2015
Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza Ci....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court rejects Charles Taylor's request for transfer to Rwanda prison
March 26, 2015
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his rights because of the essentially isolated condit....... [more]

Myanmar authorities charge education law protesters
March 25, 2015
Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation with student and teacher groups, and also because the....... [more]

Chad court sentences Habre-era police officers for torture
March 25, 2015
A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrar....... [more]

HRW: Cambodia must act on criminal charges against Khmer Rouge leaders
March 23, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects with homicide and crimes agains....... [more]

Senegal court sentences former president's son for corruption
March 23, 2015
A special court in the Republic of Senegal on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The corruption claim centers on Karim Wade's acquisitio....... [more]

New Mexico passes bill ending civil asset forfeiture
March 22, 2015
The New Mexico legislature on Saturday passed a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's property without charging that person for a....... [more]

HRW: Egypt should reject amendments threatening fair trials
March 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sunday to reject amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure that would interfere with the rights of defense lawyers to call witnesses during trials. The amendments, which were adopted by the Egyptian cabinet in February, gi....... [more]




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