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Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different....... [more]

China top court overturns controversial death sentence of abused wife
June 25, 2014
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence an....... [more]

Spain Supreme Court dismisses China human rights cases
June 25, 2014
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two judicial investigations into allegations of Chinese genocide and human rights violations, due to a new law limiting Spanish judges' involvement in international cases. Earlier this year, Spain put an end to its use of universal jurisdiction. Under the n....... [more]

China court denies bail to human rights lawyer
June 11, 2014
A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation i....... [more]

UN rights chief urges China to release activists on Tiananmen anniversary
June 4, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on Chinese authorities Tuesday to release activists that have been detained for "creating a disturbance" by discussing the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Pillay urged China to relax the anniversary-related rest....... [more]

China officials sentence 55 in public rally
May 28, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other pri....... [more]

Vietnam threatens legal action over South China Sea
May 22, 2014
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of dispute....... [more]

US charges five Chinese army officers in cyber espionage case
May 20, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania brought hacking charges against the Chinese nationals in a case of cyber espionage. The indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in computer hacking, economic espionage and ot....... [more]

Amnesty launches global anti-torture campaign
May 15, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from torture if ar....... [more]

Efforts by Nations to Ban Access to Social Media
May 7, 2014
Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious dignit....... [more]

China detains rights lawyer ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary
May 7, 2014
Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer w....... [more]




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