December 17, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
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 ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
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 ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Emelina Perez
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 ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Somalia's parliament on Saturday reported a vote of no confidence in Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Ahmed began his term in December 2013. The 153 votes requesting his resignation came in response to the tension between Ahmed and current Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Former head of China's domestic security apparatus Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the ruling Communist Party after being accused of accepting bribes, exploiting his power to enrich family members and leaking state secrets. Zhou, once a potent rival for President Xi Jinping, is ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 188 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for an August 2013 attack on a police station in the governate of Giza, widely known as the "Kerdasa massacre." This incident resulted in the death of 11 police officers and two civilians and was staged in ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war with Pakistan. Bergman wrote in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those killed or raped ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday upheld the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 ...[read more]

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