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Sunday 21 September  

Article: Burundi commission to probe extra-judicial killings

Burundi has set up a commission to probe allegations by human rights groups of extra-judicial killings and torture, the country's prosecutor general said Tuesday. [related-articles]"We have just set up a commission of six prosecutors...

Article: Abu Hamza: Hook-handed radical preacher faces US extradition

 With his hooked hand and distinctive appearance, radical preacher Abu Hamza is the best-known of the five men who the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday could be extradited to the US. Born in Egypt, he moved to Britain...

Article: OPINION: From Russia to the ECHR

Billionaires and war survivors who challenge the government may get nowhere in Russia, but the European Court of Human Rights in France is listening. By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times [related-articles]A young Chechen man is stopped at...

Article: India says likely to back UN resolution on Sri Lanka war

India said it was "inclined" to vote Friday in support of a US-backed move at the UN Human Rights Council to push Sri Lanka to probe alleged war crimes in the final stages of its civil war. [related-articles]Prime Minister...

Article: Brazil prosecutors look into dictatorship murders

A Brazilian newspaper is reporting that federal prosecutors are investigating cases of forced disappearances during the country's 20-year military dictatorship. In a report Sunday, prosecutors told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that...

Gulf of Mexico oil spill
United States of America United States of America Article: BP reaches $7.8bn deal over US oil spill

Article: BP reaches $7.8bn deal over US oil spill

BP said it had reached a $7.8 billion (5.9 billion euro) deal to settle thousands of claims from fishermen and others affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, ahead of a blockbuster US trial. [related-articles]The settlement announced...

US Supreme Court
United States of America United States of America Article: Nigerian activists press US Supreme Court against Shell

Article: Nigerian activists press US Supreme Court against Shell

Nigerian activists and proponents of corporate accountability say they are confident that the giant petroleum firm Shell will face charges in the United States for alleged human rights violations - despite apparent scepticism by several US...

Apartheid
United States of America United States of America Article: Reparations for apartheid - GM settles out of court

Article: Reparations for apartheid - GM settles out of court

Landmark decision by a New York court: ratification of a settlement between apartheid claimants and bankrupt General Motors Corporation, handed down this week. By settling, GM effectively acknowledged its role in aiding and abetting the...

Article: UN rights forum to condemn Syria for fourth time

The United Nations' main human rights body was set to condemn Syria on Tuesday for "brutal" use of heavy weapons on residential areas and persecuting opponents, its fourth rebuke to President Bashar al-Assad since an uprising...

Article: Life sentence for Rwandan political leader

In sentencing PDP party president Deogratias Mushayidi to life in prison, the Rwandan Supreme Court’s controversial verdict puts an end to the political career of one of Rwanda’s most important Tutsi opposition leaders and a...