Human Rights

India: Farooq, Omar move HC for release of 16 NC leaders detained since August 5 last year: Party

Srinagar, July 13 (PTI) A bunch of habeas corpus petitions seeking the release of 16 senior leaders of the National Conference (NC) from detention at their residences have been filed by the party's president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah, who have contended that they were being held in "brazen violation" of the constitutional guarantee of right to liberty.

India: Activist Varavara Rao taken to J J Hospital in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jul 14 (PTI) Poet and activist Varavara Rao, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has been taken to the state-run J J Hospital here after he complained of dizziness, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Rao, 80, has been behind bars for almost two years and lodged at the Taloja jail in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

The activist and his family members have claimed he is unwell since sometime, and sought the jail authorities to provide him immediate medical care.

17 U.S. states sue Trump administration, adding to litigations against new federal rule on int'l students

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia sued the administration of President Donald Trump on Monday to reject the federal government's recent rule stripping foreign students of their visas if the institution they are enrolled in only offers online teaching this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Iraq calls on Germany to help remove it from EU terror financing list

13 July 2020; MEMO: The Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein yesterday called on his German counterpart Heiko Maas to support Baghdad’s removal from the European list of high-risk countries for money laundering and terrorism financing.

In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign ministry said Hussein received a telephone call from his German counterpart, during which they discussed bilateral and regional affairs.

New Zealand mosque terrorist to represent himself at sentencing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist act for the shootings targeting people praying at the two mosques in the city of Christchurch in 2019.

India: Guj constable Sunita Yadav resigns after departmental inquiry was constituted

Surat, 12 July 2020,, Sunita Yadav, a woman constable in Surat, Gujarat has reportedly resigned after a departmental inquiry was constituted against her for interrupting a group of people travelling in a car without masks during a curfew, according to Ahmedabad Mirror.

Saudi prince a prime suspect in Khashoggi murder case: UN

12 July 2020; MEMO: A UN official has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was a prime suspect in the case of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, reports Anadolu Agency.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said even though she does not have evidence against the MBS, but in terms of ordering and inciting the killing, he is a prime suspect.

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