March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in a report issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance ...[read more]
February 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled Saturday that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is a terrorist organization. The decision was based on lawsuits alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, which have resulted in casualties and deaths. ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Bahraini court found 11 Shiities guilty on Thursday of an attack carried out against police last year and sentenced three to death. The other eight defendants were sentenced to life in prison and will be stripped of their citizenship. The case centered on the country's deadliest attack since ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Pakistani military on Monday arrested Taj Muhamad, a man believed to be one of the militants who carried out the deadly Peshawar School Massacre last December. Taj Muhamad is believed to have been the commander of one of the units that attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, ...[read more]

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