September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
German prosecutors on Monday charged a 93-year-old former Waffen SS volunteer with aiding in the murder of at least 300,000 people during his time as a volunteer at Auschwitz. The man is accused of helping collect money stolen from the disposed luggage of inmates and transferring it to the SS's ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Islamabad court on Monday ordered police to register a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other cabinet members for killings of protesters on August 31 in Islamabad's Red Zone. The FIR comes as a response to the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of the prison sentence for former prime minister Ehud Olmert pending appeal on his conviction of corruption charges. Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal while serving as mayor of Jerusalem. Olmert will ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused militias in Libya of committing war crimes during a battle that has been ongoing since July. Libya Dawn Alliance, led by militias from Misrata, and a coalition of militias from Zintan have been fighting for control over Tripoli's airport. Thousands of ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The League of Arab States approved a resolution on Monday to combat extremist groups like the Islamic State (IS). The resolution was issued separately from a more comprehensive statement on Arab affairs and assumes a sense of urgency to challenge the militant group. IS has seized large ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Malaysian prosecutors charged University of Malay law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition on Tuesday for his opinion on a political crisis that occurred five years ago. Sharom voiced his opinion in an article published August 14 by The Malay Mail Online, in which he stated that the 2009 collapse ...[read more]

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