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Oct 11, 2014

Chinese given death sentences after woman spurns request to join cult

Two members of a Chinese cult group were sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for beating a woman to death in a McDonald’s outlet after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their “all-powerful spirit” cult. The Yantai Intermediate People’s Court in ...

Oct 10, 2014

Japan, EU back U.N. resolution to refer North Korea to criminal court

The European Union and Japan are encouraging the U.N. Security Council to follow the recommendations of a groundbreaking inquiry into North Korea’s human rights and refer the country’s situation to the International Criminal Court. Their draft resolution for the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights ...

Myanmar freeing 3,073 prisoners in new amnesty

Oct 8, 2014

Myanmar freeing 3,073 prisoners in new amnesty

Myanmar pardoned and began freeing 3,073 prisoners Tuesday in an amnesty that virtually excluded political prisoners despite a presidential pledge to free all such detainees by year’s end. Most of those released had committed minor crimes, but at least eight were former intelligence officers ...

Sep 30, 2014

Australian police arrest man in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with intentionally making ...

Sep 24, 2014

U.S. calls for North Korea to shut 'evil' prison camps

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for North Korea to shut down its “evil system” of prison camps. Kerry spoke at a gathering of foreign officials and activists to draw attention to the findings of a U.N. commission of inquiry that in ...

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

Sep 23, 2014

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

An outspoken scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority was convicted of separatism Tuesday by a Chinese court and sentenced to life in prison, according to the scholar’s lawyers. The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended ...

Sep 22, 2014

China admits cases of torture in police detention

Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China’s official state news agency reported in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of the cases resulted in the death of a man who was ...