April 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The current government of the Central African Republic, the National Transition Council, voted Wednesday to create a Special Criminal Court. The new judicial entity is to be made up of 27 judges, including 14 from CAR and 13 from other countries. The creation of the special criminal tribunal has ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a joint statement Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission on Wednesday issued a Statement of Objection to Gazprom accusing the Russian gas giant of abusing its position as the dominant source of gas in Central and Eastern European in breach of EU anti-trust rules. According to the Commission, "Gazprom is the dominant gas supplier ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The EU General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre- ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged combatants in the current conflict in Yemen to report attacks resulting in civilian casualties so that they can be investigated and international human rights law can be upheld. The High Commissioner expressed deep ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida... ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of the Ugandan Police ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A judge for US District Court for the Southern District of Texas declined Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February temporarily blocking the executive immigration actions authorized by President Barack Obama. US District Judge Andrew Hanen issued two orders Tuesday night, the first ...[read more]

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