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Probe finds abuse in Guatemala mental hospital

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Human rights groups say they found hundreds of women and children subjected to sexual and physical abuse at a public psychiatric hospital in Guatemala's capital. The Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala led an investigation by Full version (available to lexis...

Cuban dissidents denounce threats

HAVANA (AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez said two plainclothes officials Full version (available to...

Venezuela judge on trial refuses to enter court

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan authorities began trying the country's most famous judge in absentia Wednesday while she refused to enter the courtroom alleging violations of her rights. Coming nearly three years after her arrest, the trial of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni started amid a scandal...

Can Syria’s Rebels Restore the Rule of Law?

Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime. On a positive note, the new system relies upon an impartial judiciary...

The Cyrus Cylinder, International Human Rights Day and the Rule of Law

As many celebrate International Human Rights Day today (December 10 th ), a 2500-year-old inscribed stone, the Cyrus Cylinder reminds us that human rights are a complex issue with which humankind has struggled with throughout history. In 2013, the British Museum will lend the clay cylinder for a...

Chile apologizes to lesbian denied custody of kids

SANTIAGO Chile (AP) - Chile's government has apologized to a lesbian judge who was denied custody of her three daughters because she is gay. The apology was issued Friday during a ceremony led by Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera. Chile says it will pay Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Innocent verdicts in Argentine sex slave trial

BUENOS AIRES Argentina (AP) - Judges found all defendants innocent Tuesday in a high-profile case of an Argentine woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution a decade ago. The 13 people on trial in the province of Tucuman had Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Pressure grows on Salvador to prosecute massacre

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador (AP) - Rights groups are calling on El Salvador to investigate the 1981 army massacre of about 1,000 people at El Mozote. Judiciary officials say cases could be opened despite a 1980s amnesty law. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says El Salvador should Full version...

UN says Congo's army committed rapes in east

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after they retreated from the key city of Goma following its capture by M23 rebels, the United Nations said Friday...

The Future of Tibet and the Rule of Law

To many in the Western World, Tibet brings to mind the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gayatso, a humble man who has achieved celebrity status primarily through news reports showing him meeting with heads of state and famous actors who are Buddhists. Relatively few understand that the Dalai Lama lives...

Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains

Exclusive from LexisNexis France/Semaine Juridique, General Edition: Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains: Asking the Right Questions [1] Elise Groulx , Ad.E., LL.M., Attorney at law [2] , Of Counsel, Washington office, Boyle Litigation, District of Columbia, United States of America...

Arthur Larson and the Rule of Law

Arthur Larson’s passion for world peace through law and human rights By Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D., LexisNexis Legal and Professional Operations The rule of law is a theme that unifies LexisNexis across the globe and is one that is passionately supported by the company’s people. LexisNexis...

Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains

Exclusive from LexisNexis France/Semaine Juridique, General Edition: Looted Resources in Global Supply Chains: Asking the Right Questions{1} Elise Groulx, Ad.E., LL.M., Attorney at law{2}, Of Counsel, Washington office, Boyle Litigation, District of Columbia, United States of America and for Hincker...

Analysis: Supreme Court Rejects Alien Tort Claims Premised on Overseas Conduct in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

by Brittany Prelogar and Laura Ardito Summary: The Court limited Alien Tort claims for human rights violations on non-U.S. soil. Nigerians alleged Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport & Trading Company, of Holland and UK respectively, operating a joint-owned Nigerian subsidiary, aided...

Harvard Clinical Prof. Deborah Anker Wins Human Rights Award

"Clinical Professor of Law Deborah Anker and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) will receive a prestigious human rights award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the leading immigration bar association, in June. Anker, one of the most widely known asylum...

Secretary Kerry To Release Annual Human Rights Reports

"Secretary of State John Kerry will present the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 10:15 a.m. on June 25, 2015, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices , commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, cover the...

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

"Secretary's Preface The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in human history worldwide, and what drives us toward it is a set of universal values and aspirations. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are ideals that cannot be contained by national boundaries...

This Is Real Law: The Power of Knowledge: Publishing Legal Information to Help Fight “Land Grabs”

Land is more than a precious commodity. It feeds us. It protects us. It gives us hope, a feeling of being rooted in the here and now, and a sense of the possibilities in whatever lies ahead. Indeed, there are few human emotions quite like the attachment to—and ownership of—a parcel of...

2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Released by State Department

DOS, April 2016 - " The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet freedom, to marginalize...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Preference Cases...