HUMAN RIGHTS
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Nigeria court sentences 54 soldiers to death
December 19, 2014
A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, their lawyer, Nigerian human rights activist Femi Falana, stated on Thursday. The soldiers were found guilty of mutiny while fighting the insurgent Boko Haram Islamist group, in which the soldiers refused to assist in recapturing t....... [more]

Rights group condemns removal of Maldives Supreme Court justices
December 19, 2014
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, whic....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns 'savage extremism' of Taliban insurgents
December 16, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack o....... [more]

Rights group asks ICC to investigate Nigeria presidential candidate
December 15, 2014
The Nigerian human rights group Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice (NCDJ) on Monday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and charge presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari for post-election violence in 2011. The NCDJ alleged the violence, during which more than 800 p....... [more]

Egypt prosecutor refers 439 individuals to military tribunal over police deaths
December 14, 2014
Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday referred 439 individuals to a military tribunal for the killing of three police officers last year. The group was composed of about 139 Islamists from the southern province of Minya and 300 from the Nile Delta Province of Beheira. The prosecutor's case was based on....... [more]

ICC orders former Ivory Coast presidential ally to stand trial for crimes against humanity
December 13, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed four charges of crimes against humanity against Charles Ble Goude, and committed the ally of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to trial at The Hague. Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo to orchest....... [more]

Rights group challenges Northern Ireland abortion law
December 12, 2014
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a vi....... [more]

Human Rights 365 in Crimea
December 12, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the da....... [more]

Amnesty: failure to investigate CAR war crimes leads to continued violence
December 11, 2014
The failure of Central African Republic (CAR) and UN authorities to investigate and hold individuals accountable for war crimes has led to an endless cycle of violence, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. AI says these abuses have continued after a July report by AI not only listing indiv....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must cancel prisoner fishing boat plan
December 11, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin opera....... [more]

Brazil truth commission reports torture during military rule
December 10, 2014
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and hidin....... [more]




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