May 2, 2011
by Matt Glenn
An amendment to Chinese law abolishing the death penalty for 13 crimes passed in February by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) went into effect on Sunday. The list of crimes for which the death penalty was abolished include non-violent and economic crimes such as tax ...[read more]
May 2, 2011
by Matt Glenn
US President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that earlier in the day a small team of US military personnel attacked a compound in which al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been hiding, killing Bin Laden and taking possession of his body. Bin Laden had topped the US list of Most Wanted ...[read more]
May 1, 2011
by Matt Glenn
China's government released human rights lawyer Teng Biao Friday after more than 70 days of detention, but this was quickly followed by reports that fellow human rights lawyer Li Fangping disappeared later in the afternoon under suspicious circumstances. Teng's release came after discussions ...[read more]
May 1, 2011
by Matt Glenn
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Uganda's government Sunday to stop using what she called excessive force against protesters, including opposition leader Kizza Beisgye. Pillay criticized the government's treatment of Bezigye during his arrest last Thursday, during which ...[read more]
April 20, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Belgian prosecutors announced Wednesday that police in Belgium arrested Rwandan Mathias Bushishi Monday for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Police arrested Bushishi on an international arrest warrant that includes charges of war crimes and genocide. Bushishi is accused of using his ...[read more]
April 19, 2011
by Matt Glenn
The Republican-led US House of Representatives filed a motion Monday with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This follows the Obama administration's February ...[read more]
April 13, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Uruguay's Senate voted 16-15 Tuesday to overturn a 1986 law granting amnesty to members of the military junta that ruled the country between 1973 and 1985. The decision to repeal Uruguay's Expiry Law means that courts will be able to prosecute military leaders whom many claim committed crimes ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that Syrian security forces have stopped medical personnel, sometimes violently, from attending to injured protesters. A spokesperson for the group called the practice "both inhumane and illegal." According to the report, at least 28 protesters died Friday ...[read more]
April 6, 2011
by Matt Glenn
The Court of Appeals of Virginia on Tuesday upheld a conviction where police officers used a GPS device to track the movement of a suspect in a string of sexual assaults without obtaining a warrant. The state's second highest appellate court failed to address whether the Fourth Amendment generally ...[read more]
April 5, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Lawyers for human rights lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu claimed Tuesday that the judge failed to allow key evidence at Vu's trial on charges of carrying out anti-state propaganda. The court convicted Vu on Monday, sentencing him to seven years in prison followed by three years of house arrest, ...[read more]

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