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Guantanamo nurse refuses to force feed detainees
July 16, 2014
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was confir....... [more]

Advocacy groups challenge UK electronic surveillance legislation
July 15, 2014
Civil liberties groups on Monday sued the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) known as MI6, alleging that the agency accesses data from undersea cables in violation of the rights to private life and freedom of expression. The case will be heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The existence....... [more]

Myanmar journalists sentenced for alleged national security violations
July 12, 2014
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The repor....... [more]

UN tribunal rules for Bangladesh in maritime border dispute with India
July 9, 2014
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant to artic....... [more]

EU court rules pregnant worker entitled to income support
June 21, 2014
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on Thursday ruled that a pregnant Frenchwoman was entitled to income support after she stopped working in Britain. The woman, Jessie Saint Prix, entered the UK in 2006 and has worked as teaching assistant and other in school jobs. Saint Prix decided t....... [more]

UK appeals court allows partial secrecy in terrorism trial
June 13, 2014
The criminal division of the UK Court of Appeal on Thursday declared that some coverage of the trial of two terrorism suspects from London will be held in open court, but core aspects of the trial will remain confidential. The case is Guardian News and Media Ltd v AB CD and it is on appeal from a Ma....... [more]

BP to appeal oil spill ruling to Supreme Court
May 23, 2014
British Petroleum (BP) announced Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court. The March decision by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill victims claiming economic losses should be excluded beca....... [more]

Crimea and Ukraine 2014: A Brief Reflection on Russia's 'Protective Interventionism'
May 22, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in....... [more]

Amnesty launches global anti-torture campaign
May 15, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from torture if ar....... [more]

ICC reopens investigation into Iraq detainee abuse by UK troops
May 14, 2014
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced Tuesday that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into alleged mistreatment and killings of Iraqi detainees in Iraq by UK military forces from 2003 through 2008. Bensouda stated that her office received new....... [more]

Proposed Brazil anti-terrorism law sparks human rights concerns
April 20, 2014
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation i....... [more]




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