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UN rights expert criticizes UK for halting search and rescue efforts in Mediterranean
October 31, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepea on Friday urged British authorities to reconsider their decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Crepea's statements come as a response to the UK's announcement earlier this week it will not suppo....... [more]

UK court says Libyan can sue over rendition
October 30, 2014
A British court ruled Thursday that a former Libyan military commander can sue the British government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition. In 2004, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent years in pris....... [more]

UN SG praises campaign to end female genital mutilation
October 30, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ant....... [more]

Advocacy group criticizes Netherlands for returning refugees to conflict areas
October 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to S....... [more]

UK terrorism suspect extradited to US
October 21, 2014
Mentally ill British man Haroon Aswat was extradited to the US Tuesday to face terrorism charges after losing a nine-year legal battle. Aswat was accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago, conspiring with radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Aswat had been fig....... [more]

Colombia farmers sue BP over environmental damage
October 16, 2014
More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia, previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million in compensatio....... [more]

British parliament to hold vote on recognizing Palestine statehood
October 6, 2014
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy, it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by lawma....... [more]

UK prosecutors drop terrorism charges against former Guantanamo detainee
October 1, 2014
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and trai....... [more]

Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism charges, released from prison
September 24, 2014
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's 2000....... [more]

Scottish referendum officials investigating electoral fraud
September 20, 2014
Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation, where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later to vote. Each b....... [more]

Scotland votes no in independence referendum
September 19, 2014
Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the re....... [more]




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