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Poland court clears soldiers of Afghanistan war crimes
March 20, 2015
A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions, which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldi....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for greater efforts to prevent genocide
January 22, 2015
As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why....... [more]

Europe rights court rejects Stalin grandson's defamation complaint
January 15, 2015
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday rejected a complaint filed by Yevgeny Dzhugashvili against the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper for allegedly committing libel against his grandfather, Josef Stalin. The case concerns two articles published by the opposition newspaper regarding th....... [more]

European Court exposes illegal detention facilities linked to CIA's extraordinary rendition program in Poland
July 27, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the secr....... [more]

Germany prosecutors to consider new evidence against surviving Nazi concentration camp guards
May 21, 2014
The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency, Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women could be prosecut....... [more]

Poland to investigate alleged CIA secret prison following new developments
January 24, 2014
Prosecutors investigating allegations of a CIA secret prison in a Polish forest announced on Friday that they will be looking further into recent developments surrounding the so-called "black site." According to the Washington Post, two senior CIA officials were seen delivering cardboard boxes conta....... [more]

Guantanamo detainees accuse Poland in CIA rendition torture
December 4, 2013
Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) extraordinary rendition program. The case involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national....... [more]

Russia court grants bail to several Greenpeace activists
November 19, 2013
The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles (appr....... [more]

Germany prosecutors recommend murder charges for ex-Nazi commander living in US
November 19, 2013
A German prosecutor on Monday recommended that a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota be charged with 40 counts of murder for his involvement in an attack that razed a Polish village to the ground in 1944. An earlier investigation found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was formerly a c....... [more]

Poland asks Europe rights court to hold hearing over secret CIA prison in private
November 1, 2013
Poland formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) hold an upcoming December 3 hearing regarding Poland's complicity in US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret detention facilities in private. The ECHR is scheduled for a public hearing on whether Poland hosted a secret jail....... [more]

Europe rights court avoids ruling on Katyn massacre investigation
October 22, 2013
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Monday that it is not competent to examine the adequacy of an investigation by Russian authorities into the1940 Katyn Massacre, where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). The case was brought by 15 relat....... [more]




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