April 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The current government of the Central African Republic, the National Transition Council, voted Wednesday to create a Special Criminal Court. The new judicial entity is to be made up of 27 judges, including 14 from CAR and 13 from other countries. The creation of the special criminal tribunal has ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012. The court did not convict Morsi, or any of the 14 other defendants, of murder, which could have resulted in ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit in April 2010 ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian Criminal Court in Giza on Monday sentenced 22 people to death for their involvement in the storming of a police station and killing of an officer on the day Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. The defendants are alleged to be Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement, a ceasefire deal proposed for peace negotiations... ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted the ICC permission to investigate crimes on ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The European Parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday calling the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage by using the same term in Turkey. ...[read more]

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