Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

One man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an Arkansas prison cannot prevent a Muslim inmate from wearing a short beard, in keeping with his religious beliefs. The case was brought by Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, who is serving a ...

Jan 6, 2015

China arrests scholar who helped blind dissident flee house arrest

Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar’s wife said Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties. Guo Yushan, founder of a think tank that did ...

Jan 5, 2015

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian granted medical parole

Taiwan’s ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian was freed from prison on medical parole Monday, after serving six years on graft charges related to his time in office. The 64-year-old, who led Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, will be released from a prison hospital this afternoon ...

Jan 3, 2015

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in Philippines

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fueling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were “living like kings” with stripper bars and jacuzzi baths. The girl, who was visiting her inmate father ...