May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that ...[read more]
May 17, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Egyptian authorities on Sunday executed six men convicted by a military court of killing two Egyptian soldiers. The men were convicted of killing the soldiers after an hour-long gunfight outside a bomb factory in Cairo. The men were also convicted of belonging to Sinai-based militant group Ansar ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN officials congregating at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar ,on Saturday called on member states to implement new standards for eliminating violence against children. The standards were approved by the UN General Assembly in December and are ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice system, and ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, " ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration which highlights ...[read more]

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