April 28, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Virginia can continue to automatically house death row inmates in solitary confinement. The appeals court decision reversed US District Judge Leonie Brinkema's 2013 ruling that the procedural due process rights of a capital ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a joint letter to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Thursday urged the Pakistani government to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offense since 2008. The rights groups claim the execution violates Pakistan's own ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by William Helbling
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca in eastern Iraq. Hassan's brother claimed that ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting in national or European ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by G. Redd
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a political prisoner, calling for the country to end the death penalty. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 for supporting western media, found guilty of enmity against God and sentenced to six ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) found on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only correct the current ...[read more]

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