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Venezuela president announces arrest of generals accused of plotting coup
March 26, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday that three air force generals were arrested and brought before a military tribunal for plotting a coup. In his remarks on Venezuela's state run broadcast, Maduro stated that the three generals, who he did not name, were "trying to turn the a....... [more]

Uruguay president agrees to take five Guantanamo prisoners
March 21, 2014
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica announced on Thursday that his country has agreed with US President Barack Obama to take five inmates at Guantanamo Bay, reportedly stating that they would be "welcome to work and stay with their families in Uruguay." Obama is attempting to live up to his promise to....... [more]

Legitimate Penological Interests? Challenges to the Use of the Water Cure in Guantanamo Bay
March 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jon B. Eisenberg of Horvitz & Levy, LLP discusses the controversial methods used against Guantanamo detainees...US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay are grievously abusing hunger-striking detainees, using force-feeding techniques akin to a medieval form of torture call....... [more]

Former Guatemala president admits to taking bribes from Taiwan
March 20, 2014
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a statement before the court admitting to....... [more]

El Salvador tribunal confirms ex-rebel's presidential victory
March 17, 2014
El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Sunday confirmed the presidential victory of former Marxist rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren, denying conservative candidate Norman Quijano's call for annulment. Sanchez Ceren received a narrow 50.11 percent of the votes in the run-off election, making him the....... [more]

Spain parliament rejects Catalonia independence referendum
February 20, 2014
The Cortes Generales, the bicameral parliament of Spain, on Thursday rejected a proposed referendum that would have allowed the Catalonia region to vote on whether the autonomous community should become an independent state or remain a part of Spain. The referendum, scheduled for November 9, 2014 w....... [more]

AI urges Spain not to extradite terror suspect to Kazakhstan
February 19, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish au....... [more]

Argentina court dismisses case against former president for 1995 blast
February 16, 2014
A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was a deliberate attempt....... [more]

UN rights office calls for peaceful resolution of Venezuela protests
February 15, 2014
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called on all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current President Nicola....... [more]

Spain Parliament approves proposal to curb universal jurisdiction powers
February 12, 2014
Spain's Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that will diminish the powers of Spanish courts to pursue cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed abroad. The bill includes a clause to halt current investigations, including the arrest warrants issued on Monday for several former C....... [more]

Spain court issues warrant for former China president
February 10, 2014
Spanish Judge Ismael Moreno issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese officials Monday, including retired president Jiang Zemin and former prime minister Li Peng as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged genocide by China against Tibet. Though the warrants were originall....... [more]


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