January 13, 2009
by Benjamin Klein
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as well as more than 100 military officers and personnel, have been sued for the wrongful deaths of two former detainees who committed suicide while at Guantanamo Bay. Family members of the deceased filed the complaint last Wednesday in the US District... ...[read more]
January 13, 2009
by Benjamin Klein
The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) on Tuesday heard arguments on whether to reinstate the allegedly torture-induced confession of Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad, which was thrown out by a military commission last October. Military judge Stephen Henley ruled that Jawad's con... ...[read more]
January 11, 2009
by Benjamin Klein
US President-elect Barack Obama said during an interview broadcast Sunday that he has not ruled out prosecuting officials for rights abuses committed under the Bush administration. Asked whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to independently investigate the greatest crimes of the Bush ...[read more]
January 11, 2009
by Benjamin Klein
Turkish police on Sunday arrested 12 more people and detained an additional 33 in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The arrests on Sunday follow the detention last week of the former head of the police anti-terror ...[read more]
December 29, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
A Zimbabwean court on Monday delayed ruling on whether leading human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and eight other activists charged with plotting to overthrow the government should be released pending trial. Mukoko, the head of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, and eight other activists were ...[read more]
December 29, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal on Sunday commenced a new trial of two Saddam-era officials, including senior figures of Hussein's government, for their alleged involvement in the execution of thousands of political opponents during Hussein’s rule. The defendants include Hussein’s... ...[read more]
December 28, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Sunday condemned what she called Israel’s “disproportionate use of force” against Hamas targets in Gaza and urged the Israeli government to “uphold international humanitarian law principles, especially those relating to proportion... ...[read more]
December 28, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The Taiwan High Court on Sunday overruled a district court decision to release former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian pending his trial on corruption charges, citing risks of flight, collusion and interference with other witnesses. The Taipei district court’s decision to release Chen was or... ...[read more]
December 28, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressed reservations Saturday over the prospect of accepting detainees released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a US strategy to close the prison. In an interview with the Dziennik daily, Sikorski ventured that the establishment of prisons outside the US... ...[read more]
December 22, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The Iraqi Council of Representatives on Monday delayed a vote to determine the future of non-US foreign troops in the country. On Saturday, the parliament rejected a draft law that would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia to remain in ...[read more]

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