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Bangladesh: Supreme Court Ruling on General Strikes

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has reversed a 1999 High Court Bench ruling that violence or coercion for or against a general strike, known in Bangladesh as a "hartal," is illegal. In Bangladesh, the hartal is recognized as an instrument to articulate political demands. On February 15, 1999, a High Court Bench […]

South Korea: Breast Cancer Survivor Regained Position in the Military

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Seoul Administrative Court rendered a judgment on October 4, 2007, that revoked the Defense Ministry's decision to discharge a female lieutenant colonel in the first reserve, Pi Ujin. Pi is a breast cancer survivor. After a mastectomy, Pi took a physical test and passed it, and kept working as a helicopter […]

Fiji: Ruling Permits Publication of Any Government Information

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to a media report of October 19, 2007, a recent Fiji High Court decision permits Fiji media the freedom to publish any government or statutory body information regardless of how the information has been obtained. The only exception to this right is where the owners of the information are able to […]

Nigeria: Publisher Charged with Sedition

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, 2007, in southern Nigeria, the publisher of a private newspaper was arrested by officers reported by some to be agents of the State Security Service, even though the local authorities denied they were involved. On October 16, Jerome Imeime, publisher of a newspaper in the State of Akwa Ibom, […]

Taiwan: Press Freedom Ranking Improved

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007, issued by the international, Paris-Based press organization Reporters Without Borders, Taiwan is rated highest among its Asian neighbors in press freedom in 2007 and No. 32 worldwide. Among the other 168 countries that comprise the Index, Japan was ranked No. 37; the United States, […]

South Korea: Prison Abuse

(Nov. 2, 2007) The father of an inmate in a South Korean prison who was allegedly attacked by a guard filed a written statement complaining of the attack in March 2007 to the country's Human Rights Commission. In September, the Commission recommended that the Anyang Prison take disciplinary action against the guard. The prison, however, […]

Niger: Reporters Without Borders Seeks Journalist’s Release

(Nov. 2, 2007) Moussa Kaka, director of the private Radio Saraounia and a correspondent in Niger of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and of the international, nonprofit, journalist rights organization Reporters Without Borders, was arrested on September 20, 2007, and is being held in detention. Kaka may be charged with breaching national security and his arrest […]

Russia: Compensation for Victims of Federal Troops in Chechnya

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 4, 2007, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling under which Russia is obligated to pay €200,000 (about US$285,000) to three Chechen women who suffered from the unwarranted and indiscriminate use of force by the Russian military. This is a record high amount of compensation ever awarded […]

United States: Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed Against Corporations for Aiding and Abetting Apartheid Regime in South Africa

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissing plaintiffs' claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act ("ATCA"). The plaintiffs had filed claims against a variety of international corporations under the ATCA, a […]