April 30, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The Australian government will introduce legislation to amend over 100 federal laws to remove discrimination against same-sex couples, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland said Wednesday. The legislation, which will be introduced during the winter sitting of parliament and is expected to ...[read more]
April 30, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted Tuesday to restrict Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogators to techniques explicitly authorized by the military, approving a measure that would effectively prevent the CIA from using waterboarding during interrogations. The vote came ...[read more]
April 30, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 of the country's penal code, which makes insulting the Turkish identity a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article 301 by reducing the minimum sentence for d... ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
Former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov was released from prison Thursday after a Moscow City Court suspended his sentence. Adamov was convicted on charges of fraud and abuse of office in February and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court. Adam... ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
A lawyer for Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia, sentenced in early April to over three years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power, said Thursday that his client has been denied an appeal. Hu's lawyer said that Hu had 10 days to appeal his conviction, but that Hu's... ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
Martial law will be lifted in most of Thailand, new Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Thursday. Sundaravej said that while the restrictions were no longer necessary after elections in December and the passage of the controversial Internal Security Bill, martial law will still remain in ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
Current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Thursday accused opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of treason. Mugabe's government has said that Tsvangirai and Britain are conspiring t... ...[read more]
April 16, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Kennedy v. Louisiana, 07-343, where the Supreme Court considered whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment when imposed for a crime in which the victim was not killed. Patrick Kennedy was sentenced to death in ...[read more]
April 16, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
US District Judge Joan A. Lenard Wednesday declared a second mistrial in a terrorism prosecution of six men charged with conspiring to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago and the FBI headquarters in Miami after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after 13 days of deliberations. In December 2007 ...[read more]
April 16, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The European Union (EU) must do more to ensure that those responsible for war crimes committed during the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence are brought to justice, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Amnesty called on the EU to use Croatia's status as an EU candidate country to ensure that... ...[read more]

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