May 3, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a motion in the Guantanamo Bay military court seeking access to hear what methods the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used when interrogating the five alleged 9/11 conspirators. The ACLU acknowledged that the US government will likely ...[read more]
May 3, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, called on Somalian authorities Wednesday to recreate and establish legitimate judicial systems in Mogadishu and South Central Somalia. Bari visited the region for the eighth time recently on an 11-day mission. He ...[read more]
April 27, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The US House of Representatives voted 248-168 Thursday to approve a controversial cybersecurity bill that would allow private companies and the federal government to exchange private security information, despite the threat of a presidential veto. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ( ...[read more]
April 27, 2012
by Katherine Getty
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern on Friday about threats to rule of law in Papua New Guinea. Since August 2011 there has been a battle for leadership and the legitimacy of the Prime Minister has been called into question. Pillay's concerns stem from actions taken ...[read more]
April 26, 2012
by Katherine Getty
Kenya dismissed four senior judges on Wednesday after an independent board found that they lacked integrity and were incompetent. The men removed from their position were Riaga Omollo, the Chief of the Court of Appeals, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel Okubasu and Joseph Nyamu. Five other judges were ...[read more]
April 26, 2012
by Katherine Getty
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday that recent restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a number of countries may fundamentally effect freedoms and human rights. Pillay highlighted Egypt, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Belarus, Israel and Venezuela ...[read more]
April 19, 2012
by Katherine Getty
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern on Wednesday over the new wave of arrests targeted at high-ranking officials within Mali. BAn demanded immediate release of those who had been imprisoned and asked that the junta stop all further arrests. He stated that these actions directly ...[read more]
April 18, 2012
by Katherine Getty
Muslim Cleric Abu Qatada lodged and appeal of his deportation from the UK with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday. He cannot be deported to Jordan until his appeal is answered. The deadline for filing the appeal was late Tuesday night, and his counsel filed just under the ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Katherine Getty
International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday asked the court to report Libya to the UN Security Council for failing to turn over the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Ocampo's request comes after Libyan officials on Tuesday appealed the ICC's ...[read more]
April 11, 2012
by Katherine Getty
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday rejected the government's broad reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This decision directly contradicts the rulings of three other appeals courts that did allow for a broader reading of the law. Writing for the 9-2 majority, ...[read more]

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