November 17, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said Monday after an official visit to Italy that it has significant human rights concerns about the facilities where Italy holds irregular migrants and asylum seekers detained on suspicion of criminal activity and the legal basis for those det... ...[read more]
November 17, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that upon inauguration US president-elect Barack Obama should immediately denounce the previous administration's abusive counterterrorism policies in order to bring US practices into accordance with the country's basic values and i... ...[read more]
November 13, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The Italian Court of Cassation, the country's highest court, ruled Thursday that the father of Eluana Englaro, who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years, can remove her feeding tube. Last month, Italy's Constitutional Court rejected a parliamentary challenge to a Milan appeals court... ...[read more]
November 13, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
State and national housing advocates filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday arguing that Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina recovery program, Road Home Louisiana, discriminates against African-American homeowners. The federally-funded program awards grants to homeowners in the lesser of the followin... ...[read more]
November 10, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The Muslim Defender Team (TPM), the group of lawyers representing the three men executed Saturday for the 2002 Bali bombings, said Monday that it will file charges against Indonesia's attorney general, alleging that the execution process violated the bombers' human rights. TPM argues that I... ...[read more]
November 10, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
A Bangladeshi court on Monday ordered three members of the cabinet of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to jail on corruption charges. Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad, and Saifur Rahman, who served as industry, social welfare and finance ministers respectively, allegedly ignored ...[read more]
November 7, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Thursday called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to open a probe into death threats allegedly sent by a group called Mahason Balakaya to the Sri Lankan human rights lawyers who represent suspected terrorists. IBAHRI sai... ...[read more]
November 6, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rapporteur Dick Marty testified Wednesday at the trial of American and Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Recalling the findings of his own ...[read more]
November 3, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has rejected a release request by former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan. Samphan is charged with crimes against humanity for his involvement in the regime's alleged genocide of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians who died betw... ...[read more]
November 3, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The Indonesian Supreme Court on Monday rejected last-minute appeals filed by relatives of the three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, with a judge saying the men had exhausted their rights of appeal. Lawyers for the three convicted members of the ...[read more]

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