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MoD accused of refusing former detainee Yunus Rahmatullah justice 30.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
MoD refuses to give undertaking not to take advantage of any intercepts between Rahmatullah and his lawyers, saying it is unnecessary The government has refused to give an undertaking not to take advantage of any intercepted communications between a former detainee, who is suing the Ministry of Defence, and his lawyers. The dispute between Yunus Rahmatullah and the MoD is the latest to become entangled in concerns over the legality of intelligence services’ interception of legally privileged ...
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State Sees Spurt in Rape Cases in 2014 28.3.2015 The New Indian Express - Odisha - http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/
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Plea for exclusive district human rights courts 26.3.2015 Hindu: Madurai
Campaign for Custodial Justice and Abolition of Torture (CCJAT) has called for setting up of exclusive district human rights courts in order to refer human rights offences to them instead of taking...
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This week I may be jailed for writing a book on human rights abuses 23.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Being a journalist in Angola is hard. I fight corruption because it is the most sophisticated weapon the regime uses to subdue society My name is Rafael Marques de Morais. I am an Angolan investigative journalist, and this week I may be jailed for a book I wrote in 2011 exposing human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich areas of the Lundas. Tomorrow seven powerful generals, including the minister of state and head of the intelligence bureau of the president, General Kopelipa, will take turns in testifying against me at the start of my trial on nine charges of ...
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Florida no longer safe haven for war criminals as US prosecutors take action 23.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Accused human rights abuser Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, 77, moves closer to deportation in likely precedent for future cases in Sunshine State

As one of an estimated 3.6 million senior citizens living in Florida, Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova found the perfect place to hide in plain sight. From shopping trips with his wife Lourdes in the upscale malls of Daytona Beach to gourmet meals at popular restaurants, he appeared to be just another septuagenerian enjoying the good life in the country’s favourite retirement playground.

Vides, however, was guarding a secret. The smartly dressed pensioner was once an army general and defence minister in El Salvador during a bloody 12-year civil war in the 1980s, and he stands accused of covering up a series of atrocities, including the rape and murder of four American churchwomen.

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‘Right to justice at stake’ 18.3.2015 FrontLine: Cover Story
Interview with Vrinda Grover, lawyer and human rights activist. By SAGNIK DUTTA & V. VENKATESAN
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Obama's war on whistleblowers leaves administration insiders unscathed 17.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Five key political players enjoy ‘virtual impunity’ – while four lower-level figures are in prison or facing time Since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, his government has waged a war against whistleblowers and official leakers. On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents ...
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Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant 16.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Yonas Frike, who attends a mosque where at least nine of its members have been barred from flying, says the US no-fly list is being used to intimidate American Muslims into spying on behalf of US authorities

When Yonas Fikre stepped off a luxury private jet at Portland airport last month, the only passenger on a $200,000 flight from Sweden, he braced for the worst.

Would the FBI be waiting? That would mean more interrogation, maybe arrest. But he told himself that whatever happened it could hardly be as bad as the months of torture he endured in a foreign jail before years of exile in Scandinavia.

I refused to answer questions. That’s when the beating started

You want to believe it’s not true, that some employee made a mistake

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Mallick's grandson held in minor abuse case 16.3.2015 Ranchi - City - The Times of India
Samher Mallick, the 30-year-old grandson of former Congress minister Mannan Mallick, was arrested yesterday in connection with a sexual exploitation and child rights violation case
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Child abuse: Mallick’s grandson held 16.3.2015 Ranchi - City - The Times of India
Ranchi: Samsher Mallick, the 30-year-old grandson of former Congress minister Mannan Mallick, was arrested on Sunday in connection with a sexual exploitation and child rights case.
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Hitler’s First Victims: And One Man’s Race for Justice by Timothy W Ryback – review 12.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
A gripping account reveals how, as the Nazis put Jews and communists into the first camps in 1933, brave attempts were made to uphold the rule of law The first official concentration camp in Nazi Germany opened its gates to receive prisoners on 22 March 1933 , fulfilling a promise made by the Nazis that “subversives” would be put into camps without trial, bypassing the formal machinery of the judicial and state prison system. The camp was located in a disused munitions factory in Dachau, just outside Munich. Conditions were poor, and the police, army and inmates worked hard to convert or construct the necessary buildings, erect the perimeter fence, and provide the basic facilities. Within a couple of weeks, however, the Bavarian police, whose recently appointed head, Heinrich Himmler, had ordered the establishment of the camp, handed it over to the SS, of which Himmler was also in ...
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UN is trusting 'absolutely bizarre' claims of asylum seeker activists, Abbott says 11.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Prime minister says UN ‘didn’t bother getting a response’ before publishing findings that Australia was violating international law against torture by keeping children in detention

Tony Abbott has accused the United Nations of trusting the claims of “the usual human rights activists” to make “absolutely bizarre” findings about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.

The prime minister said the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, “didn’t bother getting a proper response from the Australian government” – even though the findings published on Monday referred to correspondence with the government and the inadequacy of the official responses.

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Cong flays Nagaland govt, AIUDF seeks CBI probe 10.3.2015 The Assam Tribune
Cong flays Nagaland govt, AIUDF seeks CBI probe
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Singapore rejects criticism that caning is `torture` 9.3.2015 Zee News : World
Singapore on Monday defended a court order for two German men to be caned for spray-painting a metro train and trespassing into a high-security depot, rejecting claims the punishment amounts to torture.
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UN accuses Australia of systematically violating torture convention 9.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Tony Abbott reacts angrily to report criticising Australia’s detention policies, saying Australians are ‘sick of being lectured to by the United Nations’

Australia is systematically violating the international Convention Against Torture by detaining children in immigration detention, and holding asylum seekers in dangerous and violent conditions on Manus Island, a United Nations report has found.

But the prime minister, Tony Abbott, reacted angrily to the scathing findings, saying Australians were “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”.

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UK gets law against domestic violence 4.3.2015 TOI: All Headlines
UK gets law against domestic violence
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Surreal nightmare 3.3.2015 FrontLine: Books
The book unravels the nature of India as a hard state and the tragedy of its victims who, like characters in Kafka’s novels, find themselves unable to escape a labyrinthine situation. By V. VENKATESAN
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UN report: Torture still widespread in Afghan jails 26.2.2015 Asian Age: International
Afghan authorities tortured or mistreated more than a third of nearly 800 suspected Taliban-linked detainees who human rights investigators were able to interview, the Unite-d Nations said on Wednes-day. Afghanistan, which last year took over full responsibility for efforts to end the Taliban insurgency with the withdrawal of most foreign troops, has made progress in the treatment of detainees but a failure to prosecute security forces for torture allowed it to persist, the United Nations said. “The government of Afghanistan’s efforts to prevent torture and ill-treatment have shown some progress over the last two years,” the top UN envoy to Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said in a statement. “More remains to be done, however.” Torture is prohibited by Afghan law but widely used as a tool for extracting information, the United Nations said, adding that the judiciary was over reliant on confessions as the basis for prosecution. The United Nations said in a survey on torture that it issues every two years ...
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UN report: Torture still widespread in Afghan jails 26.2.2015 Asian Age: International
Afghan authorities tortured or mistreated more than a third of nearly 800 suspected Taliban-linked detainees who human rights investigators were able to interview, the Unite-d Nations said on Wednes-day. Afghanistan, which last year took over full responsibility for efforts to end the Taliban insurgency with the withdrawal of most foreign troops, has made progress in the treatment of detainees but a failure to prosecute security forces for torture allowed it to persist, the United Nations said. “The government of Afghanistan’s efforts to prevent torture and ill-treatment have shown some progress over the last two years,” the top UN envoy to Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said in a statement. “More remains to be done, however.” Torture is prohibited by Afghan law but widely used as a tool for extracting information, the United Nations said, adding that the judiciary was over reliant on confessions as the basis for prosecution. The United Nations said in a survey on torture that it issues every two years ...
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UN report finds torture still widespread in Afghan jails 25.2.2015 Zee News : World
 Afghan authorities tortured or mistreated more than a third of nearly 800 suspected Taliban-linked detainees who human rights investigators were able to interview, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
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