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Bahrain: Acquittal of Policewoman Accused of Torturing Journalist

(Nov. 23, 2012) On October 22, 2012, the Grand Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, cleared a female police officer of wrongdoing. She had been charged with the torture of the female Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed, who was held in police custody following anti-government protests last year. (Court Contradiction of Victim’s Statement with Medical Report [in […]

Sweden: Court Overturns Rape Case Decision

(Nov. 7, 2012) <?Sweden's Göta Court of Appeal overturned a previous decision in a rape case in which the victim was a transgendered woman. The October 2012 decision was issued a year after the crime and changed the July 2012 Örebro District Court determination in the case. In the appeal decision, the accused was sentenced […]

Georgia: Criminalization of Domestic Violence

(Nov. 5, 2012) On June 12, 2012, the Parliament of Georgia adopted a package of amendments to the country’s Criminal Code and added two new articles that recognize domestic violence as a criminal act. (Law No. 6434 on Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Georgia (June 12, 2012) [in Georgian], Saqartvelos Sakanonmdeblo […]

Kenya: Appellate Court Rules Kenyan Courts Do Have Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas

(Oct. 25, 2012) On October 18, 2012, the Kenyan Court of Appeal ruled that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons suspected of international piracy. The ruling overturns a 2010 decision that had determined Kenya lacks such jurisdiction. (Rebecca DiLeonardo, Kenya Appeals Court Allows Jurisdiction over International Piracy Cases, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Oct. 18, […]

Gambia: Seven Death Sentences Upheld

(Oct. 23, 2012) On October 19, 2012, the Gambia Supreme Court upheld the treason convictions of seven men, including the former Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba. The defendants originally were convicted in 2010 and given death sentences. (Jaimie Cremeans, AI: Gambia Convicts at Risk of Execution After Supreme Court Decision, PAPER […]

European Union: Parliamentary Committee on Organized Crime and Money Laundering

(Oct. 19, 2012) In March 2012, the European Parliament established a Special Committee on Organized Crime, Corruption, and Money Laundering (COCCML) with the mandate of making recommendations to tackle organized crime across the European Union. On October 1, 2012, the COCCML presented its first document, designed to highlight the different approaches to organized crime among […]

Norway: Proposed Criminal Law Amendment to Include Internet in Public Space, Public Act Definition

(Oct. 19, 2012) On September 12, 2012, <?Norway's Ministry of Justice published for public comment a proposal recommending that the country's Criminal Code be changed to reflect a new definition of public space and of public action to include the Internet, so that persons who publish hate speech, regardless of the medium, can be more […]

Iran: UN Calls for Halt of Executions

(Oct. 16, 2012) On October 12, 2012, three U.N.Special Rapporteurs, Ahmed Shaheed, Christof Heyns, and Juan E. Méndez, whose focus is on Iran, extrajudicial executions, and torture, respectively, called on Iran to halt all executions. They particularly condemned the 11 executions scheduled for October 13. (Press Release, U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human […]

Malaysia: Court Awards Settlement to Detainees

(Oct. 10, 2012) On October 2, 2012, a High Court of Malaysia awarded damages to three opposition politicians and two activists who had been detained in that country for almost two years. High Court Judge Lau Bee Lan ruled that they had been detained illegally and awarded them more than RM4.06 million (over US$1.3 million) […]

Indonesia; Taiwan: Agreement to Combat Human Trafficking

(Oct. 5, 2012) On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the <?Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of China (on Taiwan). The MOU is reportedly Taiwan’s first such agreement with a Southeast Asian country. (Grace Kuo, ROC, Indonesia Combat Human Trafficking, TAIWAN TODAY […]