October 17, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The first trial judging charges of genocide against Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened on Friday with the prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) the extremist group, Islamic State (IS), of carrying out ethnic cleansing "on a historic scale" in Northern Iraq. The report, entitled "Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq," asserts that since ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Serbia's war crimes court sentenced nine former paramilitaries on Tuesday for their involvement in the genocide of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Of the 11 men on trial, only two escaped prison, with the rest receiving sentences between two and 20 years for killing as many as 120 civilians in ...[read more]
October 7, 2013
by Addison Morris
Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were ...[read more]
December 4, 2012
by Addison Morris
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday upheld the life sentence Milan Lukic, a Bosnian Serb commander who was sentenced to life in prison for crimes that include burning more than 100 people alive during the 1992 Bosnian War. Lukic was arrested in August ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Chinese government to halt the deportation of Myanmar refugees. In a letter sent to the Chinese Minister of Foreign affairs, the rights group said that the return of at least 4,000 ethnic Kachin refugees from Myanmar is a violation of international ...[read more]
August 28, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Myanmar's army is still committing human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Karen state, according to a report released Monday by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR's findings were based on a field survey it conducted this year, in which 30 percent of families reported experiencing ...[read more]
April 15, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On April 15, 2010, a German court ruled that persons from the former German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, did not constitute a unique ethnic group for discrimination prevention purposes. The matter arose when an East Berlin woman sued a Stuttgart company after the company rejected her ...[read more]
March 13, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 13, 2010, Serbia's Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor announced the arrest of nine suspects for war crimes committed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. The nine suspects were members of the Serbian paramilitary group Sakali and were accused of the systematic murders of 41 ethnic Albanians ...[read more]

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