October 23, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi, who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of State (DOS) on Thursday released its annual country reports on human rights. In the preface to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote that the DOS will "continue to press governments to uphold fundamental freedoms. We remain ...[read more]
July 26, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 26, 2011, four former Guatemalan soldiers pleaded not guilty to war crimes involving the Dos Erres massacre during the country's 36 year civil war. The four men argued that they were not stationed with the group that committed the war crimes at Dos Erres. The UN approved of the arrest of a ...[read more]
November 24, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 24, 2009, the US State Department (DOS) stated that the US would not sign a treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. Though the US did not ...[read more]
September 8, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On September 8, 2010, a Guatemalan judge ruled that three soldiers charged in connection with a 1982 peasant massacre at Dos Erres that left more than 260 dead would face trial. The charges against the soldiers were based on the findings of a Truth Commission investigation monitored by the UN and ...[read more]
July 31, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Department of State (DOS) on Monday released its annual International Religious Freedom Report documenting threats to religious freedom throughout the world. The report documents current international threats to religious freedom—particularly laws that punish religious traditions and bla... ...[read more]
July 26, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 26, 2011, four former Guatemalan soldiers pleaded not guilty to war crimes involving the Dos Erres massacre during the country's 36 year civil war. The four men argued that they were not stationed with the group that committed the war crimes at Dos Erres. The UN approved of the arrest of a ...[read more]
May 25, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Department of State (DOS) on Friday released the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The reports outline the prevailing trends that shaped human rights last year. These include uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, positive reforms in Myanmar, the persecution of ...[read more]
May 23, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A Guatemalan judge ruled Monday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt will have a second genocide trial for ordering a 1982 massacre which killed 201 people. Judge Carol Patricia Flores found enough evidence linking Rios Montt to Las Dos Erres massacre for another genocide trial. The massacre, ...[read more]
February 20, 2012
by Jamie Davis
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday applauded the Somali parties who have reached a "crucial political agreement" on Friday at the Garowe II Constitutional Conference. According to Ban, the agreement provides the steps that Somalia must take in order to go about "ending the transition and ...[read more]

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