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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]

Pakistan president signs new law allowing military courts to prosecute terror suspects
January 7, 2015
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday signed into law anti-terrorism legislation that will establish military courts for the hearing of civilian terrorism related cases. The president's signature comes one day after the Pakistan National Assembly passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bi....... [more]

Pakistan high court overturns release of terrorist suspect
January 7, 2015
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday overturned the release of terrorist suspect Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Lakhvi, head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was the alleged organizer of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 165 individuals. Lakhvi was detained in Pakistani custody since 2008 for heading....... [more]

Pakistan lawmakers allow military courts to prosecute terrorism cases
January 6, 2015
Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that will enable military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism government efforts in the wake of the school massacre by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) last month in Peshawar. The Pakistan National Assem....... [more]

Pakistan court acquits four death row convicts
January 5, 2015
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there wa....... [more]

Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader to death
December 30, 2014
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) sentenced Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death on Tuesday for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation against Pakistan. Azharul Islam is the Assistant Secretary General of the nation's largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islam....... [more]




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