December 5, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted from these ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha... ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that gay and bisexual men have been ...[read more]
September 7, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday stated it is "increasingly worried" for the safety of civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNHCR reported that during a visit to CAR last week, they witnessed virtual lawlessness in the CAR, discovering several villages burned to the ground and ...[read more]
April 24, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Sekhar v. United States the court heard arguments on whether an attorney's "recommendation" is intangible property that can be gained through bribery, and thus under the jurisdiction of federal extortion law, including the Hobbs ...[read more]
March 8, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 8, 2007, the interim government of Bangladesh issued a complete ban on all political activities, warning that the government would take "stern action" against violators. The ban was an extension of the state of emergency declared by President Iajuddin Ahmed following the arrest of 60 ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 28, 2006, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women that the Hobbs Act did not shield abortion clinics from demonstrations by anti-abortion protestors. The Court stated that the Hobbs Act, which was passed in 1946, covered threats of ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Alison Sacriponte
The Ivory Coast's military committed widespread human rights abuses in August and September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday. The report details the alleged abuses including arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, extortion and torture. The military crackdown was in ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 27, 2011, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of wire fraud, extortion and bribery. He had previously been found guilty of making false statements to the FBI. Blagojevich faced several deadlocked juries and tried to ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Chris Morris
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich by a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on 17 of counts including attempting to sell the Senate seat. He claims that his previous trial was subject to judicial bias and error that undermined his case. The motion, while ...[read more]

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