January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. She was ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation's ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for tweets ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangkok Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced "Red Shirt" supporter Jatuporn Prompan to two years in prison for defaming former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva. Prompan was charged with defamation for accusing Abhisit of ordering the killings of protesters and taking action in ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people without prior ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian authorities announced Monday that former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons were released from prison. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged with using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. While both brothers have been released, they still face a ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Thailand's military-appointed legislature on Friday voted to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, banning her from office for five years for corruption in a scheme to subsidize rice farmers within the country. In addition to the impeachment, Yingluck is also facing up to 10 years in ...[read more]

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