March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts, on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former prime ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation ruled that the case should be reexamined, sending it back for ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
Kenya's opposition coalition, including former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, filed suit on Tuesday challenging the nation's new anti-terrorism law. The law, signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Thursday, allows security services to detain suspected criminals without charge for up to 360 days ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of ...[read more]
December 24, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during ...[read more]
February 23, 2013
by Max Slater
The Uruguay Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a 2011 law allowing for investigations into crimes committed during the country's 1973-1985 dictatorship is unconstitutional. Uruguay's legislature passed the law in 2011, allowing the government to investigate human rights violations that occurred ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The government of Myanmar on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed in conjunction with the first trip to the country made by any sitting ...[read more]
September 19, 2012
by Keith Herting
Brazil's National Truth Commission announced Monday that it will limit its inquiry to human rights abuses committed by the government under Brazil's military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There were some within the nation that hoped that the commission would also look at abuses by leftist ...[read more]

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