October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, who was imprisoned for war crimes last year, died on Thursday of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital. Ghulam Azam was 91 when his life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University. Azam was sentenced last ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) reported Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Judge Cuno Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday reviewed the detention status of four suspects motu proprio and ordered their interim release in a case pending before the ICC related to the detention of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, whose case ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi, who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Christina Alam
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that ...[read more]

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