November 27, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 27, 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Supreme Court sentenced five pro-democracy activists to prison for participating in demonstrations for political liberties. The trial was characterized as "grossly unfair" by a coalition of human rights groups, who had called for an end ...[read more]
November 26, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 26, 2011, Bahraini King Hama bin Isa Al Khalifa ordered a special commission to convene and follow up on an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in the country. The Bahrain Indpendent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) had released its report the ...[read more]
November 20, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 20, 2011, the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) began its first trial for crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. A week prior to the trial, ICTB prosecutors filed an application for formal charges against a former political leader ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 19, 2011, Philippine authorities formally charged former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with allegations of electoral sabotage, one day after being arrested for corruption and election fraud. Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room while being treated for a bone ailment, after the ...[read more]
November 13, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 13, 2011, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea held a referendum to institute several changes to the country's constitution, including a limit on presidential terms, removal of an age limit on holding the presidency and a provision allowing the president to choose his successor. ...[read more]
November 12, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 12, 2010, the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) accused the country's former Cabinet Minister, William Ruto, of interfering with the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of 2007 post-election violence. The ICC had announced one month prior that it would ...[read more]
November 6, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 6, 2010, a Peruvian judge reinstated the parole of Lori Berenson, a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization, after serving 15 years of her 20 year sentence. Berenson had previously been granted parole in May 2010 due to her good behavior, ...[read more]
November 5, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 5, 2011, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court indicted seven individuals, two government officials and five Pakistani Taliban in connection with the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Former president Pervez Musharraf was also accused by the Federal Investigation ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On October 30, 2011, International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo revealed that he had evidence against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, related to his role in planning attacks against Libyan civilians. The evidence was part of an effort to ...[read more]
October 29, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On October 29, 2011, China passed anti-terrorism legislation, amending the definition of "acts of terror" and the establishment of procedures for its security forces in responding to such situations. The law, proposed before the Standing Committee of China National People's Congress (NPC), was ...[read more]

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