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Europol Bust 112 in Child Porn Ring

More likely on the way, as police sift through chat sites

(Newser) - Police have cracked a massive child porn ring, arresting 112 people across 22 countries, after uncovering a series of Internet chat channels devoted to the illicit trade, Europol announced today. Police say they have 269 suspects in total, and expect to make more arrests. They're focusing first on busting... More »

Let's Make Dictators Illegal

These regimes violate basic principles of human rights: Op-ed writers

(Newser) - International law failed miserably at keeping the abuses of dictators in check in the 20th century, and two op-ed writers in the Washington Post propose a novel solution for the 21st: Make dictatorships themselves illegal. The Arab Spring makes clear that democracy is the way forward all over the world,... More »

Osama Sons Call Father's Killing Illegal

Foregoing trial, US violated its own principles, Omar bin Laden says

(Newser) - The killing of Osama bin Laden broke international law and violated American principles, his sons say in a statement to the New York Times . It questioned why their father “was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the... More »

Israel, Iran Are a Lot Alike

Neither of them trust international law

(Newser) - Israel and Iran may be bitter enemies, but they actually have a lot in common when it comes to international politics, writes Reza Sanati for the Christian Science Monitor . Both view themselves as “the repeated victims of international law and global opinion,” the Middle Eastern Studies professor says.... More »

Kidnapped Murder Suspect Will Stand Trial

Victim's father delivered him 'bound and gagged' to France for 27-year-old murder

(Newser) - A French court ruled last week that murder suspect Dieter Krombach, 74, must stand trial, despite the fact he was abducted from Germany, bound and gagged, and driven to France against his will. The kidnapping was arranged by the victim's father, André Bamberski, 72, who says he was driven to... More »

Shell Settles Nigeria Case for $15.5M

Saro-Wiwa settlement is milestone for international law

(Newser) - Royal Dutch Shell agreed to settle a lawsuit over the 1995 deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Nigerians for $15.5 million, reports the Financial Times. Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists against petroleum exploitation were executed by the Nigerian military government, allegedly at the behest of the oil giant. In... More »

It's Time to Shoot Some Pirates

(Newser) - Captain Richard Phillips has been rescued, and that’s good news. “But it remains a scandal that Somali pirates continue to routinely defeat the world’s naval powers,” writes Fred Iklé in the Washington Post. The pirates are surely funneling money to terrorists, Iklé surmises, and our failure... More »

Amnesty Moves to Stop 128 Iraqi Executions

Says international standards may have been ignored in trials

(Newser) - Amnesty International has called for Iraq not to execute 128 prisoners sentenced to death, saying their trials may not have conformed with international rules, Reuters reports. Amnesty says Iraq should release the names of and charges against the prisoners, noting that capital punishment is an ineffective threat when suicide bombing... More »

Fujimori Will Be Extradited to Peru

Former president faces human rights abuse, embezzlement charges

(Newser) - A Chilean court ruled today to extradite Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori to his former country to face corruption and human rights abuse charges, Reuters reports. Judges cited evidence from two massacres linked to Fujimori’s war with Maoist faction Shining Path as the key to their decision. Fujimori has been... More »

Rummy Fired General for Truthful Report on Abu Ghraib Prison

(Newser) - Shortly after the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq became public Major General Antonio M. Taguba was tasked by the Army with investigating and reporting on the situation. He found "Numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees . . . systemic and... More »

Gitmo Charges Against 2 Are Dismissed

Judges find flaw that could undermine the case of every other detainee

(Newser) - The system of military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees was thrown into chaos yesterday when military judges separately struck down charges against two detainees. The rulings were both on technicalities: the detainees, one 15 years old when captured 5 years ago, were designated "enemy combatants" and not "unlawful enemy... More »

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