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Human Rights Abuses Escalate at DAPL Prayer Services in North Dakota

Human rights abuses at Dakota prayerThe photo Winona LaDuke references is stunning because of the brutality it conveys. A 19- year-old Arapaho girl is lying in the mud under a prayer tipi. She is not alone. A Morton County, North Dakota deputy is on top of her with one knee pressed against her neck and the other pushed into her lower back.

The girl’s face is forced into the dirt by the weight of his body. He might outweigh her by a hundred pounds. You cannot see her face, in fact nothing except her flushed nose is visible. An officer from Marathon County, Wisconsin is crouched to the right, watching. Guns, radios, handcuffs, batons and other devices hidden from view in leather pouches hang from the belts of the deputy and the observing officer.


Appellate Court Reinstates Abu Ghraib Torture Lawsuit Against Private Military Contractor

Abu Ghraib trial reinstatedToday, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit against private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (CACI) for the corporation’s role in torture and other inhumane treatment at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

A lower court had dismissed the case, ruling that CACI’s responsibility for its established role in the torture was a “political question” to be left to the discretion of the political branches and unreviewable by the courts, and that a “cloud of ambiguity” surrounds the definition of torture. This was the fourth time the case has been before the court of appeals.


South Africa to quit International Criminal Court

S Africa to quit ICCSouth Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, according to government officials.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday that the government will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the court in The Hague, a move that comes as several African countries express concerns over what they call the ICC's disproportionate targeting of the continent.


United Kingdom to pardon thousands of men convicted under anti-gay laws

UK pardons men jailed for being gayThousands of gay and bisexual men convicted decades ago under a law that criminalized same-sex relationships will be pardoned, the British government said.

The Ministry of Justice announced Thursday it will formally pardon anyone convicted under the law as long as the same-sex relationship was consensual, the parties were over age 16 and sexual activity did not happen in a public restroom. The new law will also automatically pardon deceased people who were convicted of such sex acts.


Head Of Police Chiefs Group Apologizes For 'Historical Mistreatment' Of Minorities

Ppolice Chief apologizesThe head of the largest association of police chiefs in the U.S. has issued a formal apology on the group's behalf for "historical mistreatment of communities of color."

Speaking Monday at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego, Terry Cunningham said his remarks on behalf of the group were aimed at breaking a "historic cycle of mistrust."

He said that policing is, in essence, a "noble profession" that has seen dark periods in its history.


Detainee who wrote 'Guantanamo Diary' released after 14 years

Detainee freedA Guantanamo Bay detainee who penned a memoir of his experiences at the facility has been sent back to his home country of Mauritania after 14 years, his lawyers said Monday.

“We are thrilled that our client’s nightmare is finally ending,” said Nancy Hollander, one of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's attorneys, in a written statement. “After all these years, he wants nothing more than to be with his family and rebuild his life. We’re so grateful to everyone who helped make this day a reality.”

Slahi, 45, was cleared for transfer by the parole-like Periodic Review Board in July. His transfer brings the population at Guantanamo to 60.


Florida juries now must vote unanimously to give death sentences, court rules

Florida Supreme CourtThe Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that every time a death sentence is handed down in criminal court, only the jurors may decide to impose that punishment -- and there may not be any dissenters among them.

In making its ruling, by a 5-to-2 vote, the high court ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the state legislature to rewrite the law to reflect that process.


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