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Kosovo lawmakers vote to create war crimes court
April 24, 2014
Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia. The move follows international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the rebel....... [more]

UN urges reform of Ivory Coast electoral commission
April 24, 2014
UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Ivory Coast Doudou Diene on Wednesday called on authorities in the Ivory Coast to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Diene's statements follow the recent adoption of a bill on the I....... [more]

Bangladesh court orders former PM to stand trial for corruption
April 23, 2014
Bangladesh's High Court ruled Wednesday that former prime minister Khaleda Zia must stand trial on corruption charges. Zia and three other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been accused of embezzling funds from a charitable trust named after Zia's deceased husband, fo....... [more]

Russia court finds opposition leader guilty of slander
April 22, 2014
Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account, calling the deputy a drug addict. Nekryach....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court hands down death sentences for 2003 attacks
April 22, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three people to death for their roles in attacks on expatriate resident compounds in Riyadh in May 2003, bringing the total death sentences to eight. Another 77 people have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to 35 years by the court, which was c....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 23 Islamists to prison
April 20, 2014
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 23 people, alleged to be members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to three and a half years each in prison. The accused were imprisoned in connection with protests last November against the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi. They were found guilty of....... [more]

Iowa Supreme Court: Mother needed court approval of vasectomy for mentally disabled son
April 19, 2014
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" that required court....... [more]

ICC summons witnesses in trial of Kenya VP Ruto
April 18, 2014
The International Criminal Court on Thursday granted the prosecution's request to subpoena eight Kenyan witnesses in the trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto. The witnesses are no longer cooperating and are not willing to testify against Ruto, which caused the court to urge the government of....... [more]

Kosovo prime minister calls for vote on creating court for Balkans war crimes
April 18, 2014
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on Thursday called on the nation's parliament to vote on creating a European Union-backed tribunal to investigate allegations of harvesting organs from dead Serbs during the 1990s Balkans war. In a press release, Thaci stated, "although the issue is completely unf....... [more]

Ukraine asks ICC to investigate protester deaths
April 18, 2014
The Ukrainian government urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to open an investigation into any serious international crimes committed within the territory from late 2013 to early 2014. The possible crimes committed within Ukraine include acts of genocide, crimes against humanity....... [more]

China court sentences anti-corruption activists to jail
April 18, 2014
A Chinese court on Friday convicted activists with ties to the New Citizens Movement on the grounds of gathering a mob to disturb the public. The New Citizens Movement is a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of public concern, including equal access to education and di....... [more]




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