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Rights groups condemn Algeria for unfair trial of activists
July 30, 2014
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, con....... [more]

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
July 25, 2014
Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas and....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds 10-year sentence for Twitter user
July 23, 2014
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ne....... [more]

Dutch prosecutors open war crimes probe into Malaysia Airlines crash
July 21, 2014
A spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor said Monday that their office has opened a war crimes investigation into last week's crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Ukraine. Prosecutors are investigating allegations of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner, and a representative....... [more]

Egypt court reduces activist's sentence
July 20, 2014
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during th....... [more]

Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Ethiopia court charges journalists with terrorism, inciting violence
July 20, 2014
An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to th....... [more]

UN reports possible war crimes in Iraq
July 19, 2014
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistanc....... [more]

France lawmakers adopt measure to reduce prison overcrowding
July 18, 2014
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has gro....... [more]

Thailand internal commission seeks criminal charges against ousted PM
July 18, 2014
Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday issued a unanimous recommendation to seek criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for failing to end the government's rice subsidy program, which allegedly cost the nation billions of dollars. The rice subsi....... [more]

The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. A....... [more]




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