January 22, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday ordered a retrial for four policemen facing accusations of involuntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of 37 prisoners in a van outside the Abu Zaabal prison in 2013. The prisoners, arrested days before during peaceful protests in support of former ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Holt v. Hobbs that an Arkansas prison policy that bans Muslim prisoners from growing half-inch beards for religious beliefs is unconstitutional. The court held that prohibiting the growth of a religious beard violates the Religious Land Use and ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia, the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of the Obama administration to ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday rejected a complaint filed by Yevgeny Dzhugashvili against the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper for allegedly committing libel against his grandfather, Josef Stalin. The case concerns two articles published by the opposition newspaper regarding ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by William Helbling
A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted the new bill as the best course of action to protect US national ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Addison Morris
Spain's Interior Ministry on Monday arrested 16 individuals for alleged connections with Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), an armed Basque separatist group. Twelve of the individuals arrested were lawyers, while the other four were treasurers for a group that represents ETA prisoners. All 16 will be ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Addison Morris
Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as part of last month's historic agreement between US and Cuba, US officials said Monday. The release of the prisoners, primarily opposition figures, was a condition of the policy changes that seek to assuage relations between the two countries after ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]
December 31, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
On Wednesday the US Department of Defense said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration to expedite the closing of the facility. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of ...[read more]

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