November 30, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 30, 2011, a Tunisian military court convicted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on torture charges relating to the torture of 17 military generals during a 1991 attempted coup. Ben Ali's sentence of 5 years in prison was added to a previous 35 year prison sentence from June ...[read more]
November 29, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 29, 2011, the Nigeria Senate passed a bill that criminalized same-sex marriage. The bill also placed potential criminal penalties on individuals who assist a same-sex couple in marrying. Those who participate in a same-sex marriage could be sentenced to up to three years in prison ...[read more]
November 28, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 28, 2011, an investigative report was released that explained in detail the denial of medical treatment to former Russian lawyer and alleged whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky. The report alleged corruption by Russian officials in covering up the details of Magnitsky's death. Magnitsky ...[read more]
November 23, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 23, 2011, a French appeals court ruled that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega could be extradited to Panama, where he would face charges of human rights violations committed during his rule. Noriega had already been convicted of three counts of human rights violations, with ...[read more]
November 22, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 22, 2011, the former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was sued by the relatives of 57 people killed in a 2009 massacre. The families sought damages from Arroyo for her alleged support of the Ampatuan family, who government prosecutors believed was behind the ...[read more]
November 21, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 21, 2011, the Supreme Court of Japan upheld a death sentence for Seilcho Endo, who was a member of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese cult. Endo was convicted for his role in two nerve gas attacks in 1994 and 1995, and was the thirteenth cult member sentenced for involvement in the attacks. The ...[read more]
November 16, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 16, 2011, the Senate Armed Services Committee agreed to a detainee provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, which governed the handling and prosecution of suspected al Qaeda detainees. Subsequent to the adoption of the provision, the military would have complete ...[read more]
November 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 15, 2011, a French court in Paris began the trial of six accused Somali pirates. The trial was the result of a 2008 attack on a yacht in the Gulf of Aden, during which a couple aboard the yacht was held hostage for two weeks. This was France's first piracy trial, and the accused ...[read more]
November 14, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 14, 2011, the state of Louisiana filed a suit in US Supreme Court arguing against the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in the US census for the purpose of delegating seats in the US House of Representatives. Louisiana had lost a seat because of population totals that resulted from ...[read more]
November 9, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 9, 2011, a trial court in the West Indian state of Gujarat convicted 31 people for crimes committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. All those convicted were sentenced to life in prison and an additional fine. They were convicted of murder, arson and rioting. The rights broke out after ...[read more]

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