HUMAN RIGHTS
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Extending the Reach of Justice
September 18, 2014
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders?as well as those who may eventually come within them?for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction....... [more]

UN rights body suspends visit to Azerbaijan due to government obstruction
September 18, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention agai....... [more]

UN rights expert: indigenous people's voices must be heard
September 18, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised awareness for the rights of indigenous peoples, comprised of approximately 370 million people in 90 countries around the world. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, urged members of the international commu....... [more]

UN rights office calls for review of Malaysia sedition law
September 17, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern about....... [more]

Europe rights court rules UK legally detained Iraqi prisoner
September 17, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca in eastern Iraq. Hassan's brother claimed that Tar....... [more]

No court martial for nurse who refused Guantanamo force-feeding
September 16, 2014
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will dete....... [more]

UN rights office welcomes150th ratification of disability convention
September 15, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday celebrated the 150th ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as Guyana became the latest country ratify the document. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Pers....... [more]

Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for armed robbery, sexual assault
September 15, 2014
An Afghanistan court of appeals on Monday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. Two other defendants, out of the original group of seven defendants who allegedly stopped the victims' car while dressed as police officers, were....... [more]

North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

China lawyers boycott trial of activist
September 12, 2014
The legal defense team representing prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, decided to boycott the start of Guo's pending trial over procedural irregularities, which resulted in adjournment of the proceedings at the Guangzhou People's Court in Southern China. All four lawyers boycotte....... [more]

AI urges Thailand junta to end 'spiral of repression'
September 11, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called upon Thailand's military to end the "spiral of repression" that has been present since the military imposed martial law in May. The report, entitled "Attitude adjustment—100 days under Martial Law," examines the human rights conditions of the countr....... [more]




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