January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, briefing the General Assembly on Thursday, presented his report which proposes a new development agenda and called 2015 a "time for global action." The Secretary General said this year could see major advances in development, peace and human rights. ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that will enable military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism government efforts in the wake of the school massacre by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) last month in Peshawar. The Pakistan National ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Addison Morris
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday suggested to the country's parliament that new laws are needed to strengthen existing legislation to combat terrorism. Razak expressed particular concern about citizens returning home to Malaysia with extremist ideology after fighting alongside ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on Friday changed the threat level for terrorist attacks against the UK from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that a terrorist attack against the UK is highly likely, although there is no evidence to suggest an attack is imminent. In addition to ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other ...[read more]

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