December 10, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and I ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US Senate committee ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a settlement with BP resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The case arises from a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last March. BP claims that under the terms of the settlement they are forced to pay ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by William Helbling
A German court on Tuesday threw out a case against a former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. German prosecutors claim that Cologne resident Werner C. was part of a firing squad that killed 25 men and aided in the ...[read more]
November 30, 2014
by William Helbling
A Qatar appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple who faced charges of parental neglect after their adopted daughter passed away. Matthew and Grace Huang's daughter was eight years old and was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana. The daughter's cause of death reported by Qatar's Council of ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by William Helbling
Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) on Thursday issued a report addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by William Helbling
A Swedish appeals court on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Approximately 36 million people in the world live in a form of modern slavery, the Global Slavery Index (GSI) reported Monday. For the purposes of the study, GSI defines modern slavery as involving "one person possessing or controlling another person in such as a way as to significantly deprive ...[read more]

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