October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan announced Saturday their intent to boycott the second trial against their clients in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) until the lawyers have had time to appeal the men's ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Claims of human rights abuse against Sahrawi refugees living in camps in the Sahara desert administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) have been exaggerated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Saturday. The refugee camps in the Algerian region ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the country's human ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay ...[read more]
October 17, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Pakistan's Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed while working in a field with several Muslim women. Bibi maintains ...[read more]
October 17, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el ...[read more]

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