March 19, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself to a US embassy in Rwanda on Monday and requested extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ntaganda has been wanted by the ICC since 2006 on charges enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and of ...[read more]
March 18, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Passed Thursday on a party line vote of 10-8, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 would prohibit the sale, transfer, ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
A special court in Afghanistan on Tuesday sentenced 20 men to four to five years in prison for their involvement in the USD $935 million fraud that led to the 2010 collapse of Kabul Bank. Founder and former chairman Sherkhan Farnood and former chief executive officer Khalilullah Ferozi were each ...[read more]
March 4, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday began the trial of 94 people charged with plotting to overthrow the government. The group of defendants includes unnamed doctors, academics, lawyers and other professionals arrested over the past year and accused of forming a secret network with ties to the ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries, recently returned from a five-day mission to ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III on Monday signed legislation to compensate the victims of human rights abuses committed 27 years ago under the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 will allocate 10 billion pesos (USD ...[read more]
February 18, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court announced Monday that it has rejected parts of the draft election law that will govern the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. While the court must ratify the legislation before it can be enacted by President Mohamed Morsi, the court has remanded ...[read more]
February 12, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The Michigan State AFL-CIO (MIAFLCIO), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and other labor groups filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday challenging the state's new "right-to-work" laws, which bar unions from forcing workers to pay ...[read more]
February 12, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday called for the immediate release of two key opposition leaders and their family members in Iran. Former presidential candidates Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mossavi have been confined to their homes since February 2011 after staging a rally in ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai had ...[read more]

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