September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) last week overturned a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, in 2011, was sentenced to ...[read more]
August 2, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Tunisia reopened its main border crossing with Libya on Saturday after suspending it on Friday after thousands of Egyptian and other foreign nationals broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing. Fleeing the violence in Libya, thousands of people have been migrating into Tunisia. ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in United States v. Clarke that a taxpayer can only question Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials about their reasons for issuing a summons when he can "point to specific facts or circumstances plausibly raising an inference of bad faith." The ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent activist from the 2011 revolution to 15 years in prison for organizing an unsanctioned protest and assaulting a police officer last year. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was forced to wait outside of a courtroom at Cairo's Torah Prison ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Russian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Rustam Makhmudov was convicted last month of pulling the trigger, and his uncle, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, was convicted of organizing the murder on behalf of an unknown party. Both men ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Mexican government has published new sentencing guidelines that will double prison sentences for kidnapping crimes. This increases the minimum sentence for such crimes from 20 to 40 years, and the maximum from 50 to 140 years for those who kill their victims. Other factors that affect sentence ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) filed a criminal complaint in Senegal Wednesday against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) police officer Paul Mwilambwe for his alleged involvement in the slaying of DRC human rights activists Floribert Chebeya and Fidele Bazana. ...[read more]

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