December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Former Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa was released from prison Friday until the country's highest court rules on the appeal of his corruption conviction. Jansa was convicted of corruption for soliciting bribes while signing a defense contract with the Finnish company Patria for a supply of ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Former head of China's domestic security apparatus Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the ruling Communist Party after being accused of accepting bribes, exploiting his power to enrich family members and leaking state secrets. Zhou, once a potent rival for President Xi Jinping, is ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
According to casualty figures released on Monday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, at least 1,232 Iraqis were killed in November as a result of acts of terrorism and violence, while 2,434 were wounded. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov commented on ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in August. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch released documents and evidence that were presented to the grand jury, including jury ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi ...[read more]

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