August 9, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
US Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to name a special prosecutor who will be tasked with investigating the alleged abuse of detainees and other terrorism suspects by CIA interrogators, according to a Sunday Los Angeles Times report. The report cites a senior Department of Justice (DOJ) ...[read more]
August 9, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
Iran's Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi acknowledged Saturday that some protesters arrested in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election were tortured. He went on to say that the protesters should not have been taken to the Kahrizak detention center, where several protes... ...[read more]
August 2, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that had dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by more than 200 African-American members of the Capitol Police in 2001. The issue involved whether the officers had adequately pursued mediation ...[read more]
July 26, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
Twenty-six men suspected both of plotting numerous attacks in Egypt and of having links to Hezbollah were transferred Sunday to an emergency state court that deals specifically with terrorism and state security. Four of the men remain at large, among them group leader Mohammed Qubyan. In April, ...[read more]
July 26, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Dmitry Titov has called conditions in a Goma, Congo prison inhumane and said that it is the worst in Africa. Although built for 150 prisoners, the facility now holds 850... ...[read more]
July 19, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
Nur Bekri, chairman of the government in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, told the Xinhua News Agency Sunday that twelve mobsters had been fatally shot by police in the Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5 in riots that received extensive coverage in the West. Nur Bekri went on the sa... ...[read more]
July 12, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
US Attorney General Eric Holder is still considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture during the Bush administration, Newsweek reported Saturday. Despite pressure from the White House to look forward, not backwards with regard to Bush-era interrogation tactic... ...[read more]
June 28, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
The Department of Justice in Ireland published a Civil Partnership Bill on Sunday, extending certain rights to same-sex couples. The bill legally recognizes cohabiting but unmarried couples while stopping short of granting such couples full marital rights. The bill provides for numerous rights ...[read more]
June 22, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
Torture and other human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have become so commonplace that they constitute a crime against humanity, according to a study for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) prepared by Tony Reeler of the Harare-based Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU). Reeler ...[read more]
June 15, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) ruled Monday that former Khmer Rogue leader Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, has been detained unlawfully for the past 10 years, but denied a defense request for his release. The defense had requested the release for the dur... ...[read more]

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