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Former Bangladesh lawmaker sentenced to life for war crimes
February 24, 2015
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled t....... [more]

Pakistan authorites arrest school massacre suspect
February 23, 2015
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, leavi....... [more]

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death
February 18, 2015
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Wednesday convicted and sentenced Islamist leader Abdus Subhan to death. Subhan, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party, was charged and convicted of of mass killing, looting and arson during during the 1971 War of Liberation against....... [more]

Amnesty slams 'disturbing and dangerous' escalation of death penalty in Pakistan
February 13, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) said Friday that use of the death penalty in Pakistan is undergoing a "disturbing and dangerous" escalation after the execution of two men convicted of non-terrorism offenses. Muhammad Riaz and Muhammad Fiaz were executed Friday for the murder of the son of the Supreme Cou....... [more]

Pakistan authorities arrest 12 Taliban militants involved in school massacre
February 12, 2015
A Pakistani army spokesperson said Thursday that 12 local Taliban militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a deadly school attack last year. The militants were part of what is believed to be a 27-member cell, of which nine others have been killed. Pakistan credited the cooperati....... [more]

Rights groups urge Pakistan to halt execution of civilian
January 29, 2015
Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Thursday urged the Pakistani government to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offense since 2008. The rights groups claim the execution violates Pakistan's own official....... [more]

Defense seeks to have charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner
January 27, 2015
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being held....... [more]

Amnesty calls on Pakistan to end executions
January 17, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) called on Pakistan Friday to end what has been an extreme increase in executions following the Peshwar school attack. Following the school attack and Pakistan's subsequent lift of a death penalty moratorium, Amnesty reports that a "wave of executions" has resulted in the....... [more]

Afghanistan security forces arrest 5 for involvement in Pakistan school massacre
January 17, 2015
Afghanistan National Security Forces reported the arrest of five men on Saturday believed to have helped support the massacre that took place in December at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack further strained Afghanistan and Pakistan's already tense relationship, but Afghan Pre....... [more]

Five Guantanamo detainees released to Estonia, Oman
January 15, 2015
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia, the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of the Obama administration to expedite....... [more]

Pakistan lawmakers protest publication of Muhammad cartoon in French magazine
January 15, 2015
Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's at....... [more]




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