HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN human rights office claims Thailand laws limit free expression
August 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for investigatio....... [more]

Rights group alleges abuses by Kenya anti-terror police group
August 18, 2014
Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in violation of international human rights laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. Based on interview research conducted between November 2013 and June 2014, terrorism sus....... [more]

How US Government Surveillance Threatens Attorney-Client Privilege
August 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing massive....... [more]

Rights groups allege constitutional freedoms threatened in wake of Missouri shooting
August 15, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) have issued reports alleging the use of police force and intimidation tactics to dispel largely nonviolent protestors following the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri on August 9 threatens constitutional freedoms. Following the shootin....... [more]

Azerbaijan court upholds conviction of human rights lawyer
August 14, 2014
A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday upheld the conviction and detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was sentenced to three months pre-trial detention. Aliy....... [more]

Europe rights court rules UK ban on prisoner voting violates human rights
August 13, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting in national or European elections....... [more]

Morocco court sentences activist to prison for claiming torture
August 13, 2014
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined ?4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May with....... [more]

UN rights experts urge intervention to protect minorities in Iraq
August 13, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the Sp....... [more]

HRW calls for international inquiry into mass killings by Egypt security forces
August 12, 2014
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of Presiden....... [more]

UN names experts to Gaza war crimes panel
August 12, 2014
The UN Human rights Council on Monday appointed three experts to an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. The goal of the commissi....... [more]

AI: US military ignored evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan
August 11, 2014
The US military systematically covered up or disregarded "abundant and compelling evidence" of war crimes in Afghanistan, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. The report, entitled "Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international milita....... [more]




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