• France’s High Court Blocks Extradition For Rwandan Genocide Crimes

    - février 28, 2014

    The French Court of Cassation, the country’s highest judicial body, blocked the extradition Thursday of three Rwandan men allegedly complicit in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

    In denying Rwanda’s request to extradite the men for trial in the capital city of Kigali, the Court of Cassation ruled that they could not be tried for a crime not included in the Rwandan penal code until two years after the genocide.

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  • European Parliament condemns drone strikes

    - février 28, 2014

    The European Parliament on Thursday condemned the covert drone strikes in countries such as Pakistan that have claimed lives of hundreds of innocent civilians, a Reprieve press release stated.

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  • Where Will U.S. Torturers Be Held Accountable?

    - février 28, 2014

    Barack Obama declared at the start of his presidency that, when it comes to holding U.S. officials accountable for torture, we must “look forward not back.” While he has failed to close Guantánamo or usher in a new era of government transparency, Obama has managed to keep this one promise: fostering impunity for torture.

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  • Anti-haze laws ‘could spur on-the-ground enforcement in Indonesia’

    - février 28, 2014

    The Republic’s proposed laws to deal with producers that contribute to transboundary haze could help reduce tensions with Indonesia and spur on-the-ground enforcement in Riau and other areas prone to forest and plantation fires, said environmental law experts yesterday.

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  • The human rights of terror

    - février 28, 2014

    Human rights, legally speaking, are not based on some unwavering and impossible standard. Even international law reflects a sort of lowest common denominator approach to what is considered a human right. Within that international law framework, certain rights termed non-derogable, are preserved regardless of the circumstances within a state and certain rights are flexible depending on a state’s internal circumstances. This flexibility regarding enforcement is not arbitrary. To qualify, a state must demonstrate in some sense, public emergency, which threatens the life of the nation in response to which action is made necessary by the exigencies of the situation. This is also provided that actions are not purposefully discriminatory or in violation of those rights, from which there is no derogation permitted.

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  • Blue Shield Statement on Ukraine

    - février 28, 2014

    Following the civil conflict that has been shaking the Ukraine, the Blue Shield wishes to express its deep concern regarding the safeguarding and protection of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage, as well as the institutions that house them and the people that care for them.

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  • The Deception of “Arab Spring”: Legal Dilemmas in Egypt

    - février 27, 2014

    The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people’s perception of their political community and contribute to a “fragility of citizenship” on various levels. Such “fragility of citizenship” has had direct consequences for the quality of democratic governance that Egypt has experienced over the last few decades. Specifically, since December 2010, a new kind of cultural resistance was introduced emphasizing “street republics” over the formal institutions of states. Additionally, the relations between the media and military affairs, and the media and the security field, have been dramatically altered as a result of the increasing socio-political and economic pressures that have redefined the social contract in many of the other Middle East and North African nations.

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  • Killers of British soldier Rigby jailed for life

    - février 27, 2014

    The two men who killed and mutilated British soldier Lee Rigby on 22 May 2013 in a south London street were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

    A jury had unanimously convicted Michael Adebolajo, 29, and his accomplice Michael Adebowale, 22, in December for the brutal murder of the soldier.

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  • Brunei Sultan Issues Warning to Sharia Critics

    - février 27, 2014

    Citizens in Muslim-majority Brunei who’ve expressed criticism of a plan to introduce harsh Islamic criminal laws, including stoning for Muslim adulterers, have received a stern warning from the ruling sultan – stop the insults.

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  • Article 247 of the Treaty of Versailles and the “Mystic Lamb”

    Article 247 of the Treaty of Versailles and the “Mystic Lamb”

    Blog - février 27, 2014

    The ‘biography’ of the Ghent Altarpiece, also called the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, reads like a thriller. From the beginning this fascinating work was the object of passionate desire to either possess or destroy it. During the centuries of its existence, the altarpiece witnessed religious upheavals in the Southern Netherlands, came close to being destroyed during these outbreaks of iconoclasm and was damaged when moved to save guard it or when stolen. It endured fires, Napoleon’s looting army and two world wars. Parts of it were stolen, burned, recovered and stolen again and again.

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