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[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Monday urged [press release] Myanmar [BBC profile] to address shortcomings in reforming its human rights situation. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website] Tomas Ojea Quintana warned the country of the possibility that the current reformation process may be endangered … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain on Monday acquitted human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda [official Twitter] on charges of spreading false news to harm the country's security on Twitter [media website]. The human rights activist informed Reuters [Reuters report] that after he spent a month in jail, the court finally … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that they are dropping the crimes against humanity charges [case materials] against former Kenyan cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura [case materials] after encountering various issues with evidence and witness testimony. Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] cited … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC profile] Monday to investigate claims of torture and ill-treatment made by many of the 94 defendants in a trial on state security charges. While several of the defendants have raised allegations of ill-treatment, including … [read more]

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