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 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 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Saturday jailed eight men, including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak. The defendants were convicted of torturing, electrocuting and sexually assaulting a lawyer after ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned Wednesday that, despite the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, abuses such as abductions, torture and ill-treatment still affect local civilians daily. Since the ceasefire, announced September 5, 331 fatalities have been ...[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]
September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution ...[read more]
September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders?as well as those who may eventually come within them?for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction... ...[read more]

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