Arms Dealer Stands Trial
Source: The New York Times
Victor Bout, a reputed Russian arms dealer, is standing trial in
New York where he is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and
materially supporting a foreign terrorist organization. The so-called
“Merchant of Death” is one of recent history’s most
prolific weapons’ traffickers and has been accused of fueling
numerous bloody conflicts throughout the world.
Seek Charges Against Calderon
Source: The Los Angeles
Activists and legal scholars are urging the
International Criminal Court to investigate Mexican President Felipe
Calderon, members of his cabinet, and drug cartel leader Joaquin "El
Chapo" Guzman. The group alleges that leaders of both the Mexican
government and the cartels are responsible for the human rights abuses
resulting from the on-going drug wars.
Urges Reform in Thailand
Source: Bangkok Post
U.N. Rapporteur Frank La Rue is advocating for Thailand to
amend laws allowing the imprisonment of people who make defamatory,
insulting, or threatening statements against the country’s monarchy.
The laws do not correspond with international human rights norms, La Rue
said in a statement. The laws call for prison terms of up to 15 years.
Burmese Political Prisoners
Burmese officials released roughly 200 political prisoners
including journalists, monks, and a comedian in a show of amnesty in
October. However, activists say hundreds of individuals remain in
detention. The Burmese government must free many more of its political
prisoners for serious reforms to take place, Amnesty International