HUMAN RIGHTS
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Rights groups condemn Algeria for unfair trial of activists
July 30, 2014
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, con....... [more]

UN rights chief calls for end to fighting in eastern Ukraine
July 28, 2014
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday issued a report documenting what it refers to as "the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine" and calling for greater care to prevent civilian casualties in the region. While issuing a news rep....... [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]

UN rights council to form commission to investigate war crimes in Gaza
July 25, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday announced its intention to create an international commission of inquiry that will investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Specifically the inqu....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds 10-year sentence for Twitter user
July 23, 2014
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ne....... [more]

HRW: FBI stings pushed people to terrorism
July 22, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive sting operations based on ethnic and religious identity, pushing people into terrorism, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute reported Monday. Th....... [more]

Egypt court reduces activist's sentence
July 20, 2014
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during th....... [more]

Ethiopia court charges journalists with terrorism, inciting violence
July 20, 2014
An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to th....... [more]

UN reports possible war crimes in Iraq
July 19, 2014
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistanc....... [more]

Europe rights court rules against Russia practice of caging defendants
July 18, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha....... [more]

UN rights chief criticizes secrecy in governmental surveillance
July 17, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice of....... [more]




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