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UN report accuses Canada of complicity in torture

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian government on Saturday criticized a United Nations agency for issuing a report condemning Canada for complicity in torture and human rights violations in Afghanistan and Syria. A report from the U.N. Committee Against Torture issued Friday said Canadian military commanders...

UN condemns Kazakh expulsion of Uzbek detainees

ALMATY Kazakhstan (AP) - Kazakhstan has violated its international human rights commitments by extraditing 29 asylum-seekers to the neighboring authoritarian state of Uzbekistan, a U.N. panel says. The deportees face possible ill-treatment, the Committee against Torture, a panel that monitors implementation...

Unpub. (Pro Se) BIA CAT Victory: Gay Men Subject to Torture in Jamaica; Bromfield Cited

Matter of X-, June 7, 2012, unpub . - "As urged by the applicant on appeal, the evidence in the record indicates that the situation in Jamaica involves more than isolated instances of discrimination or harassment based on homophobic societal attitudes in Jamaica. Specifically, we consider that the...

Groups slam foundation's summit in E. Guinea

DAKAR Senegal (AP) - Human rights groups are calling on a foundation named for a late U.S. civil rights leader to cancel an upcoming summit in Equatorial Guinea, where the government is accused of torturing political opponents and other human rights abuses. The Leon Full version (available to lexis...

Chance encounter prompts torture suspect's arrest

DENVER (AP) - A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UN: Torture of activists in Morocco 'systematic'

RABAT Morocco (AP) - Torture is systematic in Morocco for cases involving anti-government demonstrators and those accused of terrorism, a U.N. expert said Saturday after concluding a fact-finding mission in the North African kingdom. U.N. special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez spent Full version...

Ivory Coast: Detainees charge torture by military

SAN PEDRO Ivory Coast (AP) - The soldiers lined up the detainees in a row on the grass in the middle of the night and beat them with sticks. Other times, soldiers struck the prisoners with belts and rifles so hard the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UK court rules Kenyan torture victims can sue

LONDON (AP) - The High Court ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Amnesty Int: Ivory Coast torturing detainees

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast (AP) - Ivory Coast security officials are torturing dozens of detainees by administering electric shocks and other forms of abuse, Amnesty International alleged Friday. The victims include people charged with endangering state security in the wake of a recent spate of attacks...

Radical cleric Abu Qatada wins deportation appeal

LONDON (AP) - A radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges, judges ruled Monday in the latest twist in a protracted legal saga. Britain's government has been Full version (available...

Jamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law

KINGSTON Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's justice ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the punishment hasn't been ordered by a court since Full version (available...

Egypt arresting kid protesters, rights groups says

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities arrested more than 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some and trying many as adults, a leading international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a report that the arrests and treatment of detained children...

US judge: Somali colonel responsible for torture

COLUMBUS Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that opens the door for a hearing on Full version...

UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...

Unpub. BIA Remand: Chile, Torture, Lozada, One-Year Bar, Tier III Terrorist Organization

Prof. Alizabeth Newman at the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law, writes: " Attached is a holiday surprise from the BIA that might be of interest to others. - Reversing IJ on the one yr. asylum bar finding extraordinary circumstances due to PTSD (entry 1984-filed 2008)...

San Diego IJ CAT Victory: Mexico, Mental Illnesses

Hats off to Cleveland attorney Anna Markovich , who represented the respondent pro bono at the BIA and as amicus curiae on remand. - "Upon a thorough evaluation of all the evidence and after very careful consideration of the BIA remand Order, the Court concludes that the respondent has met his burden...

Report: Tortured and Detained

"Detention is a daunting experience for anyone but particularly egregious for survivors of torture. For survivors, given the long-term impacts of torture and trauma, the fact of being detained at all is often retraumatizing. Further, particular elements inherent in the detention experience —...

Credible Fear Lesson Plan 'Undermines the Asylum Process' - Bill Ong Hing

"On February 28, 2014, you released a revised version of the " ADOTC Lesson Plan, Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations " to USCIS Asylum Office Directors and Asylum Officers throughout the country. I have reviewed the 47-page Lesson Plan and am deeply troubled by its...

Where in the World is Cruz Alberto Garcia?

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit published an important opinion regarding CAT (Convention Against Torture,) Garcia v. Holder, No. 13-60381. I went to PACER and discovered that the petitioner was pro se! PACER also indicated that Garcia had been locked up at the South...

Former Salvadoran Defense Minister Ordered Deported for Responsibility for Torture, Extrajudicial Killings: Matter of Vides Casanova

Official Headnote: "The respondent is removable under section 237(a)(4)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(4)(D) (2012), where the totality of the record supported the conclusion that, through his “command responsibility” in his role as Director of the...

CA9 on CAT, Internal Relocation: Maldonado v. Holder (En Banc)

Court Staff Summary: "The en banc court overruled Hasan v. Ashcroft, 380 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 2004), Lemus-Galvan v. Mukasey, 518 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2008), Singh v. Gonzales, 439 F.3d 1100 (9th Cir. 2006), and Perez-Ramirez v. Holder, 648 F.3d 953 (9th Cir. 2011), to the extent they conflict...

9th Circuit Decision an 'Important Step' for Mexican Torture Victims

"A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is neither the responsibility...

ICE Removes (Deports) Vides Casanova, Former Salvadoran Defense Minister

"A former minister of defense of El Salvador was removed from the United States by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Wednesday, after the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed his appeal and upheld an immigration judge's...

Cornell Immigration Clinic Wins Interesting CAT Case

"From 2007 to 2010, Naskovets was an identity thief — the voice on the phone that explained questionable purchases to banks and gave final approval for fraudulent wire transfers. He didn’t convince every agent; about a third of the time, the scam didn’t work, he says. Hang up,...

Social Worker at ICE Prison for Refugee Moms, Kids Speaks Out - "What is Happening There is Tantamount to Torture"

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, July 27, 2015 - "Oliva López thought she’d be working with migrant mothers and children in a group-home setting when hired as a social worker at a Texas family detention center. But when she arrived at the concrete facility and the doors were unlocked...