October 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Motiur Rahman Nizami to death for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. The former Cabinet minister was tried on charges that included genocide, rape, murder and torture, and was ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Tuesday issued a temporary ruling blocking the enforcement of the contraception mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against a Florida Roman Catholic college. The order, which came in the form of a ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Militant group Boko Haram has forced kidnapped women and girls to marry their captors and begun using them for military tactical purposes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW interviewed 30 individuals who were abducted by the group between April 2013 and April 2014 and 16 others who saw ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized the lack of action taken by the Thai government to bring police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of protestors in Tak Bai in 2004 to justice. This failure, according to HRW Asian director Brad Adams, "is a glaring injustice that ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Egypt on Saturday declared a three-month state of emergency in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula following a suicide bombing that killed at least 31 soldiers. The measures will begin at 3:00 GMT on Saturday, according to a statement by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. There will ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Cambodian government on Wednesday released the findings of a survey showing the magnitude of violence against children throughout the country. Cambodia's Violence Against Children Survey, the first survey of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, was conducted in 2013 by the National ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT' ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Bolivian top electoral court on Sunday confirmed the reelection of President Evo Morales, making this the politician's third consecutive term. The president, who will serve in office until January 2020, received 61 percent of the vote. According to the electoral court, a recount will be ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a report documenting extra-judicial killings by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine, though the advocacy group cautions that the actual number of atrocities is not on the scale reported by Russian media. According to the ...[read more]

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