Lynchings and religious violence increase in conflict-torn Central African Republic
Rwandan peace keepers have shot dead a member of a crowd that lynched two Muslims on Sunday in the capital of the Central African Republic.
Philippines Makes Tentative Truce With Islamists
After two years of intensive negotiations, the Philippine government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have signed a final peace agreement, which paves the way for a lasting resolution of one of the world’s longest-running intra-state conflicts.
Hundreds of Eritreans enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt
Hundreds of Eritrean refugees have been enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt in the past 10 years, enduring weeks or months of violence and rape and extorted by traffickers often in collusion with state security forces.
Central African Republic: Muslims Forced to Flee
The minority Muslim population in the Central African Republic is being targeted in a relentless wave of coordinated violence that is forcing entire communities to leave the country, Human Rights Watch said today.
A first for conservative Saudi Arabia: a female newspaper editor
Like other Saudi women, she’s not allowed to drive or move around freely. But Somayya Jabarti will soon be setting the news agenda for thousands of readers in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
Privacy breach puts asylum seekers ‘at risk of retribution’
Lawyers, politicians and refugee advocacy groups have expressed serious concerns that the accidental release of the personal details of almost 10,000 asylum seekers held in detention around Australia could expose them to harm if they are returned home.
Russia: Release Activist on Bail
Russian authorities should immediately grant bail to Roman Khabarov, a former police officer and prominent human rights defender in Voronezh.
Qatar’s foreign domestic workers subjected to slave-like conditions
Foreign maids, cleaners and other domestic workers are being subjected to slave-like labour conditions in Qatar, with many complaining they have been deprived of passports, wages, days off, holidays and freedom to move jobs, a Guardian investigation can reveal.
China: Uighur Economist at Risk of Torture in Detention
The Chinese government should immediately drop all charges against the Uighur economist Ilham Tohti and release him, Human Rights Watch said today. Tohti, a professor at Beijing’s Minzu University of China and the founder of a website focusing on Uighur issues, UighurOnline, was formally arrested for “separatism” on February 25, 2014.
Libya destroys chemical weapons
Libya said Tuesday that its chemical weapons, including artillery shells and bombs filled with mustard gas, have been destroyed.
Child abuse on rise in war-torn Syria – UN
The UN has revealed more cases of child abuse in Syria, as rebels recruit refugee children in bordering countries and the Syrian government forces detain and torture children with rebel connections, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said.
Syria conflict: Emerging from the siege of Homs
After the conflict, the siege of Homs is in chaos. It was a first sad glimpse of lives lived under siege: the wounded who survived nearly two years under fire in the Old City of Homs; the elderly, bent by anguish and age, in need of medicine, comfort, and care.
Syria’s death toll now exceeds 140,000: activist group
More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria’s uprising-turned-civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
Libya Gaddafi rape victims to be compensated
Women raped during Libya’s 2011 uprising that toppled long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi should be recognised as war victims. Its decree would put the women on the same level as wounded ex-fighters and entitle them to compensation.
Syria crisis: A Palestinian plea from Yarmouk refugee camp
The situations in Yarmouk refugee camp: a tide of hundreds of people presses against a security barrier. Armed men struggle to contain a crowd desperate to reach a UN food distribution point at the end of a narrow rutted road that cuts through a desolate wasteland of utter ruin.
Scores killed, more than 120 wounded in day of carnage across Iraq
Scores of people were killed and at least 123 others were wounded Wednesday in shootings and explosions across Iraq, senior Interior Ministry officials said.
UN: Afghanistan civilian casualties rose by 14 percent in 2013
According to the report, 74 percent of the total civilian deaths and injuries in 2013 were inflicted by anti-government forces, and many of those were caused by either suicide attacks or Improvised Explosive Devices, http://jurist.org/paperchase/2014/02/un-afghanistan-civilian-casualties-rose-by-14-percent-in-2013.php
Yemen: 12 killed, 14 soldiers captured in clashes with militants
At least 12 people were killed in violent clashes between Yemeni troops and militants secessionists in the southern Yemeni province of Dhaleh on Tuesday, two Defense Ministry officials told CNN.
Official: At least 4 killed in southern Beirut explosion
At least four civilians were killed in two blasts in southern Lebanon, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour told reporters Wednesday. Two additional bodies may or may not be those of suicide bombers.
Thailand: Bangkok Violence Escalates
Unlawful actions by Thai police and protesters threaten further violence in Thailand’s ongoing political conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities and protest leaders should take all necessary steps to end politically motivated violence and lawbreakers on all sides should be prosecuted.
Venezuela violence continues after arrest of Leopoldo LópezThe UN High Major Venezuelan cities were racked by fire, teargas and volleys of rubber bullets on Wednesday night as anti-government protests escalated after the arrest of opposition figurehead, Leopoldo López.
Heavy shelling rocks Golan Heights area between Syria, Israel
Heavy shelling and gunfire echoed close to the Syrian-Israeli frontier at the Golan Heights on Friday as the long-running war between Syrian rebels and government forces raged in a strategic area.
Suicide bombing in Lebanon; 3 killed
A suicide car bomb in Lebanon killed at least three people and wounded 15 others on Saturday, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported.
Libya gunmen launch attack on Tunisian consulate
Gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a police car parked in front of the Tunisian consulate in the restive eastern Libyan city of Benghazi without causing any casualties or damage on Saturday, security officials said according to Reuters news agency.
Activists: 14 killed in car bomb attack in rebel-held Syrian town
At least 14 people were killed Sunday when a car bomb went off near a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian town of Atmeh, near the border with Turkey, opposition activists said.
Syria claims forces killed 175 rebels
Syrian government forces killed 175 rebels that it described as mostly Saudi, Qatari and Chechen “terrorists” in an ambush east of Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported Wednesday.
U.S. Files Complaint on India Solar Plans
The U.S. on Monday filed a World Trade Organization case against India over a solar-power dispute that has limited U.S. access to the Indian market, a move that could further inflame relations between the two countries.
Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on alloy steel
On 12 February 2014, Indonesia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 12 February 2014 a safeguard investigation on I and H Sections of Other Alloy Steel.
Japan Seeks WTO Panel In Ukraine Auto Duties Dispute
Japan on Thursday moved forward with a challenge at the World Trade Organization of tariffs Ukraine has imposed on passenger automobiles, asking the WTO to establish a panel to weigh in on the dispute.
COOL in court: Canada, U.S. take meat labelling dispute back to WTO
With patience waning on all sides, Canada, Mexico and the United States have headed back to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to argue the future of America’s controversial mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL).
India launches safeguard investigation on saturated fatty alcohols
On 19 February 2014, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 13 February 2014 a safeguard investigation on saturated fatty alcohols.
India to block U.S. trade probes, ready for fight at WTO
India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries.
WTO establishes panel in Faroes, EU dispute
The World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body (DSB) has decided to establish a panel in the dispute opposing the Faroe Islands to the European Union. The panel will hear the Faroes’ claim that the EU ban imposed on Faroese herring and mackerel imports since last August is in breach of WTO obligations.
WTO Panel To Weigh US Dispute Over Chinese Steel Duties
The World Trade Organization on Wednesday tasked a dispute panel with determining whether China has fallen short of its international trade obligations by continuing to level import duties on U.S. electrical steel.
At a Wednesday meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body established a compliance panel to consider the U.S.’ challenge to anti-dumping and countervailing duties China has imposed against American-made grain-oriented, flat-rolled electrical steel.
Panels established at the request of Denmark and the United States
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 26 February 2014, established a panel at the request of Denmark, in respect of the Faroe Islands, to study the measures imposed by the European Union against the Faroe Islands. It also established, at the request of the United States, a compliance panel regarding China’s countervailing and anti-dumping duties on grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel from the United States.
Costa Rica launches safeguard investigation on pounded rice
On 27 February 2014, Costa Rica notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 February 2014 a safeguard investigation on pounded rice.
Japan whale ship ‘rams’ Sea Shepherd boat
Environmental group Sea Shepherd has accused the Japanese whaling fleet of ramming one of its vessels in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd says its ship the Bob Barker was deliberately struck by the Yushin Maru No. 2 early on Sunday morning (AEDT).
New Zealand protests Japanese whaler violating maritime zone
New Zealand summoned Japan’s ambassador on Monday to protest the entry of a Japanese whaling ship into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), after clashes earlier between whalers and vessels from the Sea Shepherd conservationist group.
International Court of Justice Defines Maritime Boundary Between Peru and Chile
In 2008, Peru filed an application at the International Court of Justice (the Court), claiming that its southern maritime boundary with Chile had not been formally delimited and asking the Court to undertake the task of delimitation using the equidistance method. The parties concluded their presentations to the Court in December, 2012 and the Court issued its Judgment on January 27, 2014.
Japan Presses Claim Over 2010 Collision With Chinese Fishing Boat
The Japanese government filed a damages claim in an Okinawa court on Wednesday against the captain of the fishing vessel, Zhan Qixiong, who was detained after the incident but was later released amid Chinese diplomatic pressure and the threat of economic retaliation.
Chinese in Panatag fired water cannons at Pinoy fishermen
MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese Coast Guard fired water cannons at Filipino fishermen to scare them away from the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough), a territory within the Philippines but is being occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/02/24/1294030/chinese-panatag-fired-water-cannons-pinoy-fishermen
Malaysia, Phl agree on peaceful settlement of disputes in South China Sea
President Benigno Aquino III said here today that Malaysia and the Philippines agreed on the peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with the rule of law and United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Mexico unveils wetlands protection plan
The National Protected Natural Areas Commission, or Conanp, has released a plan to protect the 139 wetlands in Mexico, the country with the second-largest number of protected wetlands in the world.
World leaders clamp down on the illegal wildlife trade
Heads of State, ministers and high-level representatives of over 40 countries as well as 11 international organizations have committed to taking decisive and urgent action to tackle the global illegal wildlife trade.
Air pollution: European commission launches legal action against the UK
The UK faces fines of up to £300m a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce “excessive” levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government.
Indonesian cop caught smuggling rare timber worth millions escapes with 2-year sentence
Green activists are crying foul after an Indonesian police officer believed to have laundered nearly $128 million in proceeds from illegal fuel and timber smuggling was sentenced to just two years in prison for illegal logging – a verdict described as “shockingly lenient” and “unbelievable” given the extent of his alleged crimes.
Oil, Gas Groups’ Suit Over Drilling In Pa. Nat’l Forest Tossed
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday put an end to a lawsuit brought by two oil and gas industry groups that challenged restrictions on drilling in a national forest, concluding that the U.S. Forest Service had already put the contested provisions on hold.
EU Parliament Passes Vehicle Emissions Compromise
European Union lawmakers on Tuesday passed tough carbon emissions standards for vehicles, striking a deal that cuts the average emissions from new cars by 40 percent by 2020 while maintaining some flexibility for the auto industry.
Shell To Pay $4M In FCA Suit Over Cleanup Double-Dipping
Shell Oil Co. will pay $4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it sought payments from a Massachusetts fund for hazardous waste cleanup at its gas stations while it also received reimbursements from its insurers, state authorities said Thursday.
Suncor Energy Coughs Up $2M To Settle Oil Spill Case
Suncor Energy Inc. has agreed to pay about $1.8 million to settle the U.S. government’s suit over a leaking oil pipe that allegedly poisoned wildlife outside a refinery near Commerce City, Colo., according to a consent order released Wednesday.
IKEA is in trouble for cutting down 600-year-old trees
According to the U.K.’s Sunday Times, the Forest Stewardship Council has banned disposable-furniture retailer IKEA from cutting down trees in Karelia, Russia.
WIPO Patent Law Committee Agrees on Studies, Seminars, Website Updates
Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization patent law committee this week bridged significant differences and agreed on a range of activities for future work, each with their own goals for the international patent system in mind.
Nokia and HTC signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement
Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering. The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement are confidential.
WIPO Genetic Resources Text Compiles Differences, Heads TO General Assembly
Despite spending a week in mostly closed, informal discussions, the World Intellectual Property Organization committee working on the protection of genetic resources, got little closer to breaching the opposing viewpoints. Members managed to produce a draft text – with signs of steps toward a middle ground – that they say can serve as a basis for further discussion on the development of an international instrument preventing wrongful patents.
China Supreme Court Ruling Favors AMSC in Two Sivnovel Suits
American Superconductor Corp said two copyright-infringement cases brought in China will be heard in court after the country’s Supreme People’s Court rejected efforts to move the disputes to arbitration.
Origination of Google Earth Focus of Patent Infringement Lawsuit by ART+COM Innovation pool
The origination of the widely popular application Google Earth is the focus of a patent infringement lawsuit filed today by ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH (“ACI”) against Google, Inc. in Delaware Federal Court.
Apple Joins Samsung in Telling EU to Cut Patent Troll’s Power
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., which have sued each other around the globe over patents, joined together to tell the European Union to cut down on the ability of companies that license patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.
Four Printer Companies Accused of Patent Infringement By Marathon Patent Group, Inc.’s CyberFone Systems
Marathon Patent Group, Inc., a patent licensing company, announced today that its subsidiary, CyberFone Systems, LLC, has filed four patent infringement lawsuits in the United States Eastern District Court of Texas against Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Xerox.