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US-led airstrikes in Syria kill 10 civilians: rights group
October 19, 2014
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians w....... [more]

Colombia farmers sue BP over environmental damage
October 16, 2014
More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia, previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million in compensatio....... [more]

Madagascar former president arrested upon return to country
October 14, 2014
Former president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana was arrested on Monday when he returned to the country after five years of living in exile in South Africa. Tear gas was fired and security forces were seen outside his house before he was detained, a BBC reporter stated. Ravalomana had made several....... [more]

India high court rules private companies must return coal assets to government
September 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that private companies must return the vast majority of coal block assets allocated to them by the national government from 1993 to 2010, which were sold under a corrupt bidding system. The court held 214 of the 218 designated coal mine blocks must be retur....... [more]

AI: Chad considering new anti-gay law
September 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the threat of jail sentences....... [more]

Report urges recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests
September 20, 2014
A report by Rights and Resources on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for for....... [more]

Ukraine ratifies agreement with EU, grants autonomy to eastern regions
September 16, 2014
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union....... [more]

Federal judge finds BP bears majority of responsibility for Deepwater Horizon disaster
September 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster rest....... [more]

Haiti's Fragile Democracy
August 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President....... [more]

India supreme court rules coal mining licenses illegal
August 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of 1....... [more]

Texas oil drilling company files response to DEP lawsuit
August 7, 2014
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit C....... [more]




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