July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday issued a unanimous recommendation to seek criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for failing to end the government's rice subsidy program, which allegedly cost the nation billions of dollars. The rice ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha... ...[read more]
July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The ...[read more]
July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The public prosecutor's office of the government of Bahrain said Thursday that the country's most senior opposition leader and one of his aides will be charged for holding an illegal meeting with a US diplomat from the office of the US Secretary of State. The Bahraini nationals are Sheikh Ali ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
US Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require for-profit businesses to supply full contraceptive coverage guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, notwithstanding conflicting religious beliefs related to birth control. The bill is titled the " ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay on Thursday expressed deep concern over the harsh sentences and detention of peaceful human rights advocates in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In particular, Pillay expressed concern over the sentence imposed upon Saudi human rights activist and ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report published Thursday by the Stimson Center. From a one-year extensive study, the report offers eight recommendations for overhauling UAV strategy ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A three-man civilian panel in the Jordanian State Security Court on Thursday declared radical preacher Abu Qatada not guilty of terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot in 1998 on the American school in Amman. The court ruled there was insufficient evidence to find Qatada guilty of terrorism ...[read more]
June 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Giza Criminal Court in Egypt sentenced the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, to death on Thursday for the second time in three months. Badie was sentenced along with 13 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly inciting violence that resulted in the death of ...[read more]
June 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday issued a report on Ukraine that cites increasing evidence of abductions, detentions, torture and killings in the two eastern regions of the country where armed forces hold control. The report also cites a number of worrying ...[read more]

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