China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Jul 13, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has ...

Jul 9, 2015

Guinea ex-junta leader indicted over stadium massacre

Guinean authorities have indicted former military leader Moussa Dadis Camara over a massacre at a stadium in the capital in 2009 in which soldiers are accused of killing at least 157 people, a spokesman for his party said on Thursday. Camara’s indictment could throw ...

Jul 9, 2015

U.S. court: citizenship law's gender differences unconstitutional

A U.S. law that treats mothers and fathers differently in determining whether their foreign-born children may claim U.S. citizenship is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, four years after the U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court ...

Jul 8, 2015

Ex-dictator found mentally unfit for new Guatemala genocide trial

Guatemala’s forensic authority declared on Tuesday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt is mentally unfit to be tried again on genocide charges, two years after a historic conviction of the former strongman was thrown out on a technicality. The National Forensic Science Institute determined ...

Jul 7, 2015

Florida man gets 2.5 years for having sex on the beach

A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Monday. Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were convicted in May on two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a ...

Jul 5, 2015

Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charge over funds

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country’s leader has faced criminal allegations. The attorney general ...

Jul 2, 2015

Women hail Indian top court's rape ruling

Women’s rights activists in India hailed Thursday a Supreme Court ruling rejecting judge-ordered mediation between rapists and their victims, a legal move they said was common in the conservative country. The Supreme Court issued the warning after a public outcry over a judge’s decision ...