Human Rights

Uganda’s rights lawyer charged with money-laundering

December 25, 2020

A leading human rights lawyer and founder of a rights organization in Uganda was denied bail and charged in a money-laundering case on Thursday.   Nicholas Opiyo, the founder of Chapter Four Uganda, a civil liberties watchdog, is known for defending leaders and supporters of opposition parties allegedly detained on politically-motivated charges.   He was […]

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European human rights court announces ruling on Turkey

December 23, 2020

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled that the arrest of Turkey’s opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas in 2017 for terror charges violated his freedom of expression and right to participate in elections.   The Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) co-leader was being deprived of the rights to liberty, security and freedom of choice, […]

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Turkey arrests 12 for alleged links to PKK terror group

December 23, 2020

At least 12 people have been arrested over suspected links to the PKK terror group in an operation based in northwestern Turkey, a security source said Tuesday.   Prosecutors in Balikesir province issued arrest warrants for 15 suspects for communicating with members of the terror group that infiltrated prisons and for financially aiding convicted or […]

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Over 2,800 liters of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey

December 22, 2020

At least 2,865 liters of bootleg alcohol were confiscated and seven suspects were detained in Turkey on Tuesday, according to security sources.   Acting on a tip-off, the local gendarmerie teams conducted simultaneous raids at addresses in Bayrampasa district of Istanbul, said a security source on condition of anonymity.   The operation seized 1,450 liters […]

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Brazil: Rio’s mayor arrested in corruption scheme

December 22, 2020

Outgoing Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella was arrested Tuesday for alleged involvement in a corruption scheme in city hall, according to authorities.   Three businessmen, a retired police chief and Crivella’s former campaign treasurer were also arrested. They were all charged with organized crime, money laundering and active and passive corruption.   Crivella, an […]

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French police arrest 4 more persons in Hebdo attack

December 20, 2020

French security agencies have arrested four Pakistani origin persons, suspecting their involvement in the attack outside the former office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, according to a report published in Le Parisien, a French daily newspaper.   Three suspects were indicted on Friday by an anti-terrorism court in Paris for “criminal terrorist association”, while the […]

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Lawmaker survives bomb attack in Afghanistan, 9 killed

December 20, 2020

At least nine civilians were killed and many more wounded in a bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, apparently aimed at a member of the parliament, authorities confirmed.   According to the country’s Health Ministry, the magnetic bomb blast resulted in these casualties during the morning rush hour.   Police sources in […]

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HRW accuses Saudis of inhuman treatment to migrants

December 16, 2020

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused the Saudi authorities of holding hundreds of migrants in an inhuman conditions amid no procedures to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.   According to a report released by the US-based HRW, the migrants were held in tiny overcrowded rooms for extended periods as well as many of […]

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