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European top court issues preliminary opinion on US soldier seeking asylum in Germany
February 27, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary judgment on Thursday that found a US soldier could possible seek asylum in Germany if he can show a proper reason for his desertion. André Shepherd deserted in Germany in 2007 and sought asylum there the following year. He allegedly deserted....... [more]

UN: IS increasing number of civilian deaths in Iraq
February 24, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes....... [more]

Australia PM to toughen citizenship laws to curtail terrorism
February 23, 2015
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding themselv....... [more]

HRW: Iraq militias may be committing war crimes
February 16, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes". HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, more....... [more]

UK enacts strict anti-terror legislation
February 13, 2015
The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing the....... [more]

Hungary ruling party: stricter immigration policy needed
February 6, 2015
Hungary's ruling party declared Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 migrants applied for political....... [more]

UN: Islamic State committing rights abuses against children in Iraq
February 5, 2015
Members of the Islamic State (IS) are abducting Iraqi children and engaging in serious human rights abuses, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reported Wednesday. Abuses reportedly entail the "systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities," including the "mass....... [more]

Iraq Cabinet approves draft law to create national guard
February 3, 2015
Iraq's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law creating a national guard in a step toward achieving national unity. The Cabinet also approved a draft law reforming a previous ban on former Baath Party members becoming part of the government. This second draft law proved challenging to pass as Sunni....... [more]

UN: more than 1,375 people killed in Iraq this month
February 1, 2015
The UN mission in Iraq said Sunday that at least 1,375 people have been killed in January due to violence amid the ongoing conflict. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq found that out of those killed, approximately 790 were civilians. At least 1,469 civilians and 771 security forces were injured. Th....... [more]

Prosecutor challenges Guantanamo ban on women guards touching inmates
January 30, 2015
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the court....... [more]

HRW: Syria, Iraq governments fueling Islamic extremism and must reform
January 29, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi p....... [more]




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