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Rights groups condemn Algeria for unfair trial of activists
12:26 PM ET, July 30
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced [HRW press release] their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, convicted in absentia, received prison sentences of two years. Protesters gathered in the Algerian city of Laghouat [official website, in French] on June 8 to protest the government's protocol...... [full story]

UN rights chief calls for end to fighting in eastern Ukraine
3:36 PM ET, July 28
[JURIST] The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday issued a report [text, PDF] documenting what it refers to as "the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine" and calling for greater care to prevent civilian casualties in the region. While issuing a news report [press release] by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, which deployed to Ukraine in mid-March, Navi Pillay [official profile] urged all involved in the conflict to "bring...... [full story]

European Court exposes illegal detention facilities linked to CIA's extraordinary rendition program in Poland
3:11 PM ET, July 27
[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] handed down two rulings [judgments, PDF] finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday reported [AI report] that the secret prison was established by the Polish Government in an effort to contribute to the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST...... [full story]

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
12:51 PM ET, July 25
[JURIST] Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel that has killed over 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis. The complaint [AP report] accuses Israel of war crimes, including apartheid, attacks against civilians, excessive loss of human life and colonization. The...... [full story]

UN rights council to form commission to investigate war crimes in Gaza
9:27 AM ET, July 25
[JURIST] The United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] its intention to create an international commission of inquiry that will investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Specifically the inquiry will focus on violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza. During an emergency session held on Wednesday the Council adopted the plan to create the investigation team by...... [full story]

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
1:03 PM ET, July 24
[JURIST] New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance [official profile] announced [press release] Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub [official website] of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three in London, two in New York and one in Toronto. The seventh individual was arrested earlier this month in Spain. The remaining cybercriminals include an American that is expected to...... [full story]

Thailand king endorses interim constitution
11:21 PM ET, July 23
[JURIST] Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced his support on Tuesday for an interim constitution [PDF; in Thai] that would grant extensive authority to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) [MThai report, in Thai], the military junta currently in power. King Bhumibol announced [Reuters report] his endorsement during a routine royal news bulletin. The NCPO, which has controlled Thailand since a coup expelled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] in May, has declared...... [full story]

UK to introduce laws to eradicate female genital mutilation
9:43 AM ET, July 23
[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder], procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, religious or social factors. Cameron made the announcement at Girl Summit 2014 [event website], an event hosted by the British government and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website],...... [full story]

Recruitment of child soldiers persists in DRC: UN report
8:37 AM ET, July 23
[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui [official profile] presented [press release] her fifth report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [UN backgrounder] to the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict Monday. The UN has documented almost 4,200 cases of recruitment of boys and girls by both government and rebel forces between 2010 and 2013. According to the UN report, one-third of...... [full story]

Kuwait top court upholds 10-year sentence for Twitter user
7:09 AM ET, July 23
[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim [BBC backgrounders] rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty [AFP report] of spreading false news that undermined Kuwait's image abroad. The Supreme Court's decision is final and can only be commuted by the Kuwaiti Emir. An appeals court affirmed [JURIST report]...... [full story]

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