March 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Syrian parliament on Thursday passed a law that bans any candidate from the presidential elections if he or she has not lived in Syria for the past ten years or holds any other nationality. The residency requirement of the law effectively bars many members of Syrian opposition groups, many of ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the ...[read more]
January 23, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Supreme Court of Russia on Thursday upheld the tax claim keeping former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in exile and released his business partner Platon Lebedev. Lebedev's release came four months early, with the remainder of his sentence considered time served. Khodorkovsky was released ...[read more]
April 16, 2013
by Julie Deisher
A three-member appellate tribunal on Tuesday disqualified former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming parliamentary election for the remote northern district of Chitral. Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after years in exile for the purpose of running in the ...[read more]
March 24, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday said that Pakistan should hold former military ruler Pervez Musharraf accountable for alleged human rights abuses upon his return to the country. Musharraf is expected to return to Pakistan on Sunday to be a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections, ending ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Julie Deisher
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned a mortar attack on Camp Liberty, an Iranian exile camp near the Iraq capital Baghdad. The attack reportedly killed six people and injured several others. The camp functions as a temporary holding facility for over 3000 exiles, ...[read more]
February 8, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court judge in Haiti on Thursday ordered former president Jean-Claude Duvalier to face charges of abusing human rights. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Last January a magistrate judge ...[read more]
February 7, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Both ...[read more]
September 15, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On September 15, 2005, Chile's Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges that he ordered political abductions and murders in the 1970s. The abductions and murders were part of the political campaign "Operation Condor," which commenced in order to ...[read more]
November 4, 2011
by Cody Harding
On November 4, 2007, over 2000 Pakistani lawyers and law students gathered at the High Court in Lahore to protest President Pervez Musharraf's proclamation of emergency rule. The proclamation allowed for suspension of the constitution and dismissal of the Supreme Court. Initially peaceful, the ...[read more]

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