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Rights groups condemn Algeria for unfair trial of activists
July 30, 2014
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, con....... [more]

France lawmakers adopt measure to reduce prison overcrowding
July 18, 2014
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has gro....... [more]

Egypt appeals court aquits former Morsi PM
July 13, 2014
An Egyptian appeals court on Friday overturned the one-year jail sentence of previous Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's former prime minister Hisham Qandil. The decision was reported by Qandil's lawyer to Agence France Presse (AFP) in Cairo. Qandil was initially arrested trying to flee the country....... [more]

France court sentences 9 to prison for terrorist associations
July 13, 2014
The Criminal Court of Paris sentenced nine men to prison on Friday for belonging to terrorist groups and plotting attacks against France, in violation of France's terrorism law. Only two of the men were present for the hearing, the others being tried in absentia. All denied being fighters or havin....... [more]

BNP Paribas to pay almost $9 billion in US penalties
July 2, 2014
BNP Paribas (BNPP) pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal charges of violating US sanctions and will pay a penalty of almost $9 billion. The French bank has been under investigation for violating US money laundering laws by helping clients from Iran, Sudan and Cuba dodge US economic sanctions. The wor....... [more]

France ex-president Sarkozy questioned in corruption probe
July 1, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning regarding allegations of misuse of influence and illegal campaign financing. Specifically, anti-corruption investigators are looking into whether Sarkozy used his political influence to encourage a judge....... [more]

Europe rights court upholds France face covering ban
July 1, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a res....... [more]

Luxembourg legalizes same-sex marriage, adoption
June 19, 2014
The Chambre des Deputes, Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel announced after his electio....... [more]

Rights group files criminal complaint over murder of DRC rights advocates
June 5, 2014
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) filed a criminal complaint in Senegal Wednesday against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) police officer Paul Mwilambwe for his alleged involvement in the slaying of DRC human rights activists Floribert Chebeya and Fidele Bazana. Mwilambwe....... [more]

Tunisia government arrests suspected terrorists
May 22, 2014
Tunisia's Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the national police arrested eight suspected terrorists who entered the north-African country from neighboring Libya. It iss believed the terrorists received weapons and explosives training in Libya, and Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed....... [more]

Police in France arrest and investigate seven terrorist suspects
May 17, 2014
French police on Tuesday arrested in Strasbourg seven men who were suspected of fighting alongside rebels within Syria. The arrest was conducted by French Police special unit Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID), and no weapons nor explosive devices were found in possession of the s....... [more]




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