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NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance program
April 16, 2014
The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New Yor....... [more]

UN rights investigator urges Iran to halt execution of sexual assault victim
April 14, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ....... [more]

Libya trial of Gaddafi sons and ex-officials begins
April 14, 2014
Prosecutors in Libya on Monday opened the trial of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's sons, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, and more than two dozen of his former officials for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising. While his sons were not present in the court room at the Al....... [more]

Srebrenica massacre survivors open civil suit against Dutch government
April 7, 2014
A civil lawsuit against the Dutch government filed by mothers and widows of men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre opened in the Hague District Court on Monday. The Mothers of Srebrenica, a group representing 6,000 women who lost family members during the massacre, originally filed the lawsuit....... [more]

France police arrest Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect
April 4, 2014
French police on Friday arrested Radomir Susnjar, a Bosnian Serb paramilitary soldier suspected of killing 59 Muslim civilians during the Bosnian Civil War. Susnjar is suspected of involvement in the July 1992 killings in the town of Visegrad, where 59 civilians were locked in a building that was....... [more]

AI: Both sides committing war crimes in Nigeria conflict
March 31, 2014
Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report published Friday by Amnesty International (AI). This number equals the total death count recorded between 2010 and June 2013....... [more]

Understanding the Problems in Iraq's Shi'i Draft Personal Status Law
March 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Perso....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy
March 28, 2014
A Pakistani judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy. Sanitation worker Sawan Masih, whose argument with a friend set off a riot in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found guilty of insulting the prophet Moham....... [more]

Bangladesh authorities move to ban Islamist group
March 25, 2014
Bangladeshi investigators on Tuesday moved the government to ban Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for its alleged involvement in war crimes occurring during the nation's 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War from Pakistan. Government investigators reportedly obtained evidence that Jammat formed armed gr....... [more]

Egypt court sentences police officers for deaths of 37 Islamists
March 18, 2014
A court in Cairo on Tusday sentenced four police officers convicted of negligence and manslaughter for their roles in connection with the deaths of 37 Islamist detainees who reportedly died of asphyxiation when a tear gas grenade was fired into the truck they were being transported in. At the time....... [more]

Oman court sentences former executive to 15 years for bribery
March 9, 2014
On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given to Ali's deputy for....... [more]




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