Law & Justice

U.K. Judge Calls for ECHR to Step out of Extradition Decision

April 23, 2014

As his court delayed a decision whether terror suspect Haroon Aswat should be extradited to the U.S. in light of his apparent mental illness, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales made comments favoring a decision by national courts, rather than the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR"), on the case.

Solidarity Center Submits Shadow Report to UN Committee against Torture

April 16, 2014

Report encourages Committee members to respect due process and rule of law in conducting upcoming review of Holy See report under the Convention against Torture.

Islamist Battle Heats Up as Turkey Bans YouTube as Follow-Up to Twitter Ban

April 16, 2014

Media freedom suffered another blow yesterday when Turkey's Islamist government banned YouTube only a week after banning Twitter, moves further damaging Turkey's poor media rights record and reflecting the government's ongoing battle with media critics sympathetic to opposition Islamist Imam Fetullah Gulen.

EU Commissioner Calls for European Bill of Rights

April 16, 2014

European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding has called for the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to become a European "Bill of Rights" that is directly enforceable on EU member states, even when they are not implementing EU law.

NGOs Express Concern over Ireland's Low Tax Rate

April 16, 2014

Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights examines concerns from a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") that the low corporate tax rate in Ireland prevents the Irish Government from upholding its citizens' human rights.

UN Rapporteur Decries Military Spending

April 16, 2014

UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas has urged governments to decrease their military spending by an estimated ten percent and divert this funding to projects such as humanitarian efforts and climate change reduction.

UN Adopts Measure Bolstering Human Rights Treaty Reporting

April 16, 2014

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution increasing the meeting time of the UN human rights treaty bodies, which monitor countries' compliance with UN treaty obligations, and providing for expanded involvement of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in promoting human rights compliance.

OHCHR Criticizes U.S. for Execution of Mexican National

April 16, 2014

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ("OHCHR") has argued that the U.S. is in breach of its international treaty obligations due to the execution by the State of Texas of a Mexican national who was not permitted to consult with Mexican consular authorities.

Qatar Supports Muslim Brotherhood Abroad, Cracks Down on Opposition at Home

April 9, 2014

While Qatar's Islamist Monarchy has founded and funded the news juggernaut Al Jazeera to support Muslim Brotherhood movements throughout the Middle East, the government is moving to tighten its cybercrime law in an effort to further control social media as a source of domestic criticism against the monarchy.

Saudi Shiite Religious Leaders Call for Citizenship Rights & Non-Violence

April 9, 2014

The statement by Shiite religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, calling for political non-violence and full citizenship rights, continues to gain traction well beyond Saudi Arabia's oppressed Shiite minority, and is drawing attention from Islamist regimes of the Arabian Gulf.

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