March 12, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana released a report Friday criticizing the government of Myanmar for long-standing human rights abuses and said some of those might qualify as war crimes prosecutable by the International Criminal Court in The ...[read more]
March 12, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Taiwanese Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng resigned Thursday in defense of her position against the death penalty. Though Taiwan has not executed a criminal since 2005, Wang said she would not sign the execution warrants of any of the 44 prisoners still on death row. Her resignation was sparked by ...[read more]
January 24, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could face a third corruption trial based on new information that recently surfaced, according to Saturday reports. Berlusconi, who is already facing two separate trials on charges of corruption and bribery, is accused of embezzlement and tax fraud related ...[read more]
January 24, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for a new age of human rights and safety in the embattled Caucasus region of Russia, where the killings of journalists and human rights activists have become increasingly common. The announcement comes in tandem with the appointment of ...[read more]
January 20, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Kenya's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decided Tuesday not to grant women equal marriage rights to men in the new constitution. References to civil society, religious groups, and rights of gays were also omitted as the PSC reviewed recommendations from the Committee of Experts and decided... ...[read more]
January 20, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
The federal trial of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, began Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Siddiqui is charged with assault and the attempted murder of a US officer after allegedly opening fire on agents at the Afghan ...[read more]
January 17, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz has suffered a severe stroke while in detention, his son Ziad Aziz said Sunday. Aziz, who also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, was taken to an American hospital for treatment and is now said to be in stable condition, though he is paralyzed ...[read more]
January 17, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
The Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid to death by hanging on Sunday, finding him guilty of having ordered the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. The gassing of Halabja, which killed 5,000 Kurds, was part of the wider Anfal campaign against Kurds in Iraq during ...[read more]
January 13, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
The leader of France's conservative party introduced legislation Tuesday to the National Assembly that would ban wearing of the burqa in public and make it punishable by 750 euros. Jean-Francois Cope, leader of the Union for Popular Movement (UMP) in the National Assembly, is leading the moveme... ...[read more]
January 13, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Spanish Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska ruled on Tuesday that Basque separatist group ETA had tried three times to assassinate former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar in 2001 but had failed. Grande-Marlaska detailed the three assassination attempts as part of a description of the alleged ...[read more]

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