August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and ...[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]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was ...[read more]
July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after ...[read more]
June 14, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz of the Seton Hall University School of Law discusses some of the lessons offered by the Bergdahl exchange as they relate to US policy on Guantanamo ... The Obama administration has confirmed that it will continue to pursue its longstanding goal of closing the ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas released a report Tuesday exposing the results of a multi-year investigation into conditions at five Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons in Texas. There are 13 CAR prisons in the US—privately run prisons that house only non-ci... ...[read more]
June 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday declared a general amnesty for the country's prisoners, appearing to apply the decree to at least some anti-government activists and protesters, according to the official SANA news agency. The declaration closely follows the president's reelection last ...[read more]

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