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UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

US judge: Somali colonel responsible for torture
Posted on 22 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Khmer Rouge chief jailer gets life in prison
Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

PHNOM PENH Cambodia (AP) - A U.N.-backed tribunal's Supreme Court lengthened the sentence for the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer to life imprisonment on Friday because of his "shocking and heinous" crimes against the Cambodian people... Read More

Rights group accuses Egypt's military of torture
Posted on 21 May 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

CAIRO (AP) - An international rights group on Saturday accused the Egyptian armed forces of beating and torturing protesters arrested during antimilitary demonstrations early this month, and said that by permitting such actions the military "enables... Read More

Egypt arresting kid protesters, rights groups says
Posted on 22 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

UK court rules Kenyan torture victims can sue
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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) Read More

African migrants tortured in Egypt's Sinai desert
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

TEL AVIV Israel (AP) - The young man from Sudan holds his arms close to his sides, as if still at the mercy of smugglers who he says poured hot melted plastic over his back, whipped him with wires and beat him with sticks as he lay face down and naked... Read More

Jamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law
Posted on 16 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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 ... Read More

Brazil president to receive apologies for torture
Posted on 21 May 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the human rights abuses she suffered during the country's 1961-1985 dictatorship. Rousseff is a former leftist guerrilla... Read More

UN condemns Kazakh expulsion of Uzbek detainees
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Radical cleric Abu Qatada wins deportation appeal
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Ivory Coast: Detainees charge torture by military
Posted on 6 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

UN: Torture of activists in Morocco 'systematic'
Posted on 25 Sep 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

UN report accuses Canada of complicity in torture
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

HRW: Kazakh riot trial marred by torture claims
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

ALMATY Kazakhstan (AP) - A prominent human rights group has condemned the conviction of 34 people accused of rioting in Kazakhstan's western oil town last year. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Tuesday that the court should have Full version... Read More