January 8, 2012
by Ashley Hileman
Syrian authorities on Thursday released 552 prisoners as a part of the country's agreement with the Arab League. The prisoners were detained due to allegations that they were involved in "terrorist" activities. While more than 3,500 detainees have recently been released, human rights group Avaaz ... ...[read more]
December 26, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The Amsterdam Appeals Court on Friday upheld a 1 million euro (USD $1.3 million) fine against oil trading company Trafigura for shipping hazardous waste to the Netherlands and illegally exporting the waste to the Ivory Coast in 2006. The company chartered a ship, the Probo Koala, to deliver and ...[read more]
December 26, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
A Chinese court on Sunday sentenced political activist Chen Xi to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion. The charges against Chen, 57, stemmed from more than 30 political essays that he had published online. He was detained late last month after he helped to campaign for independent ...[read more]
December 21, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the Libyan government to find a way, amid security concerns, to grant access to a lawyer to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Fred Abrahams, a special adviser at HRW, visited with Saif al-Islam in Zintan, Libya, ...[read more]
December 21, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that an asylum seeker may not be transferred to a member state if there is a risk he will be subjected to inhumane treatment. In so ruling, the ECJ rebutted the presumption that member states observe the fundamental rights of asylum seekers. The ...[read more]
December 14, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
A Philippines senior official was arrested on Tuesday amidst allegations that he was involved in illegal activities in connection with the 2007 congressional elections on the island of Mindanao. Former chief election official, Benjamin Abalos, surrendered and was taken into custody at a courthouse ...[read more]
December 14, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
A Ukrainian court on Wednesday refused to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from custody. Tymoshenko was absent from the hearing due to continuing health issues, although there have been reports that the court may eventually order her to attend. During the hearing, her defense lawyer ...[read more]
December 7, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Bank of America (BOA) agreed Monday to pay $315 million in a settlement of claims brought by investors alleging they were misled with respect to mortgage-backed investments. Court papers disclosing the settlement agreement were filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. ...[read more]
December 7, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has suggested repealing specific provisions of the state's controversial immigration law. Strange sent a letter to leaders of the Alabama legislature suggesting the removal of at least two of the sections that are currently on hold as a result of a federal ...[read more]
December 4, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday gave his official approval to a bill allowing the country's citizens to conduct peaceful protests, if the protests are approved in advance. The bill includes requirements that demonstrators must comply with in order to hold a peaceful protest, one of which ...[read more]

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