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Germany court rejects bishop's appeal of Holocaust denial conviction
April 11, 2014
A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him ?1,800. The conviction stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said....... [more]

UN Security Council votes to create peacekeeping force in CAR
April 11, 2014
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN troops, which will be known as MINUSCA, will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers and will not take over until September. French troo....... [more]

France court overturns extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minsiter
April 9, 2014
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both o....... [more]

Rights group urges EU to address Roma discrimination
April 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) released a report Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating t....... [more]

France police arrest Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect
April 4, 2014
French police on Friday arrested Radomir Susnjar, a Bosnian Serb paramilitary soldier suspected of killing 59 Muslim civilians during the Bosnian Civil War. Susnjar is suspected of involvement in the July 1992 killings in the town of Visegrad, where 59 civilians were locked in a building that was....... [more]

France top court jails 'rogue trader' Kerviel, overturns fine
March 19, 2014
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday sentenced former trader Jerome Kerviel to three years in prison for fraudulent covert trading while working for French bank Society Generale (SocGen). The Court of Cassation upheld two lower court verdicts that determined that Kerviel acted without the ba....... [more]

Rwanda genocide convict announces intent to appeal
March 19, 2014
Defense counsel for former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal after a Paris court convicted him of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After a six-week trial, in which Simbikangwa maintained his in....... [more]

Europe rights court condemns Turkey for treatment of jailed Kurdish rebel leader
March 18, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" condition....... [more]

HRW: Algeria should rescind ban on protests in capital city
March 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday expressed concern about Algerian authorities suppressing demonstrations in the weeks leading up to the Algerian elections. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is running for a fourth term, and the crackdown on protests appears to focus on demonstrators opposing....... [more]

France court delivers first-ever Rwanda genocide conviction
March 15, 2014
A Paris court on Friday convicted former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After a six-week trial, in which Simbikangwa maintained his innocence, the court delivered a sentence of 25 years in pr....... [more]

Rights group urges Security Council to address crisis in CAR
March 2, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged members of the UN Security Council, including France, the US and UK, to throw their full weight behind proposals to address the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present his assessment report on the possibil....... [more]




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