A District Court Judge in New York issued a preliminary injunction for provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act which authorize indefinite military detention for anyone who “substantially” supported al Qaeda or the Taliban. The judge found the law lacked clarity because ordinary citizens could not determine what may subject them to detention.
Journalist Murdered in Mexico
President Ignores Campaign Promise
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has yet to deliver on his campaign promises to prosecute members of the military and security forces that were connected to extra-judicial killings and disappearances. Human Rights Watch has documented several forced disappearances and killings since President Aquino took office and emphasized the need for the administration to take action.
Escapes to US
Worldwide Accusations against Brazilian Mining
Guatemalan General’s Genocide Trial
Dispute Displaces Families
Increases Repression Tactics
State Discretion in
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled
European governments may determine which prisoners are granted voting
rights. The Court affirms its 2005 decision prohibiting European
governments from denying prisoners the right to vote. Despite its
opposition to the 2005 ruling, the United Kingdom has six months to amend
its policies on prisoner voting.
Migrant Detention Policy
Settlement Shooting Sparks Investigation
Lacks Housing for Refugees
Evictions in Bangladesh Slums
Activists Demand Colleague’s Release
Well-known Kyrgyz human rights activist, Azimjon Askarov, was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement in the June 2010 popular unrest in south Kyrgyzstan. The Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan protested his imprisonment at the gates of the Kyrgyz Embassy, but the Embassy refused to accept a written statement demanding his release.