Iran sentences student activist to seven years in prison for “peaceful protest”
An Iranian court has sentenced a leading student activist and human rights campaigner to seven years in prison for peaceful political activism.
Report reveals “extensive” violence against women in EU
Violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday.
China arrests citizen journalists for reporting Tiananmen “self-immolation”
Chinese authorities have detained the director of a human rights website and three citizen journalists, one of them 17 years old, for reporting two recent “incidents” in Tiananmen Square, including an apparent self-immolation.
Australia asylum: PNG judge probes rights at detention camp
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has begun a human rights inquiry into Australia’s immigration detention centre on Manus Island.
Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups
The law, which was approved by Iraq’s council of ministers two weeks ago, has generated widespread debate in Iraq six weeks before the first national poll since US forces departed. International human rights groups have described it as a disastrous regression in the status of women.
Central African Republic: Seleka Fighters Attack Village
Heavily armed Seleka fighters joined by Muslim Peuhl cattle herders on February 26, 2014, carried out a deadly attack on the village of Bowai, northeast of Bossangoa, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack killed eight people, and at least 10 others – mostly young children – were wounded by gunfire. After the civilian population fled, the attackers burned many buildings in the village, in some cases trapping people in their homes prior to setting them alight.
Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Cause Humanitarian Crisis
Attacks since the beginning of 2014 by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, in over 40 villages in northeastern Nigeria, have displaced thousands of people. People forced to flee their homes are dispersed throughout Nigeria and in neighboring countries, where they face serious problems in accessing food, water, shelter, and other basic rights.
UN: Syria rebels committed mass executions of civilians
A panel of UN human rights experts announced on Tuesday a new investigative report into the Syrian conflict, describing horrific violence in Syria by rebel and government forces in recent months. The human rights group Amnesty International has also accused its president Bashar al-Assad’s forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk.
Côte d’Ivoire: Former militia leader’s transfer to the ICC a first step to justice
A decision was taken today by Côte d’Ivoire that former militia leader Charles Blé Goudé, accused of crimes against humanity, be sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Sudan: Renewed Attacks on Civilians in Darfur
Sudan’s government has renewed ground and air attacks on civilians in villages in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also cracked down on students in Khartoum peacefully protesting the violence in Darfur, resulting in the death of one and the detention of many protesters and activists.
HRW: Illegal armed groups force residents to flee Colombia city
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Friday stating that illegal armed groups have caused hundreds of people to flee Colombia’s main Pacific port of Buenaventura in the past two years.
UN rights body votes to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted to launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
Israel fires on 29 “terror sites” after rockets from Gaza hit populated areas
Israel responded with heavy fire after five rockets from Gaza landed Wednesday in populated areas of southern Israel, marking “the most substantial attack” in two years against the country, the Israeli military said.
Crimea: Attacks, “Disappearances” by Illegal Forces
Self-defense units and paramilitary forces in Crimea are abducting, attacking, and harassing activists and journalists.
Ukraine officer “killed in attack on Crimea base”
Ukraine’s military says an officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the first such death since pro-Russia forces took control in February.
Israel retaliates in Syria after roadside bomb attack against Israeli troops
Israel has warned Syria’s government that any aggression against Israeli citizens will be met with force, as a roadside bomb attack which injured Israeli troops prompted airstrikes on Syrian targets.
3 Palestinians killed in confrontation with Israeli military
Three Palestinians, including a Hamas operative, were killed and seven were injured during a confrontation with Israeli military forces in a Jenin refugee camp early Saturday, Palestinian security sources said.
Journalist shot dead covering clashes in Egypt
An Egyptian journalist was shot dead in Cairo today while covering deadly clashes, according to news reports. Mayada Ashraf was a reporter for the daily Al-Dustour. She had covered previous protests for the paper, the reports said.
EU Commission notifies WTO of eight RoHS exemptions
The European Commission has sent a notification to the World Trade Organization regarding eight exemptions for different uses of mercury and lead under the EU Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Canada defends seal hunt as it asks WTO to void EU ban
Seal-hunters must have the same rights as fishermen, Canada’s Environment Minister Leonoa Aglukkaq insisted Monday, as her country battled a Brussels’ trade ban at the WTO.
Indonesia ready to face Japan’s complaints at WTO
Indonesia is ready in the event that Japan decides to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization, with regard to the implementation of the country’s law on minerals and coal mining.
WTO: China rare earth caps ‘break rules’
China’s caps on exports of rare earth elements break global trade rules, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled.
WTO establishes panel to probe U.S. anti-dumping measures as requested by China
The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday decided to form a panel of trade experts, as requested by China, to probe into United States’ certain methodologies and their application to anti-dumping proceedings involving Chinese products.
Indonesia to challenge Australia’s plain-packaging tobacco laws at World Trade Organisation
Indonesia has won the right to seek a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Australia’s tobacco plain-packaging laws.
Argentina takes EU biodiesel antidumping measures to WTO
Argentina formally requested the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) the establishment of a panel to address the European Union antidumping measures against Argentine bio-diesel. The initiative was rejected by the EU this week.
Coast Guard Crew Intercepts 110 Pounds of Illegally Caught Fish
A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island intercepted a Mexican lancha carrying approximately 110 pounds of fish illegally caught in U.S. waters, Friday.
Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade
The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
Nigerian Navy arrests 22 Chinese, 4 ships for ‘illegal’ entry into territorial waters
The Nigerian Navy has arrested four ships and 22 persons, suspected to be Chinese, who allegedly entered Nigeria’s territorial waters illegally.
UN approves Danish Commonwealth’s continental shelf submission
The UN-run Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in New York has approved the Commonwealth of Denmark’s submission regarding continental shelf rights limits.
Turkish war ship violated the greek territorial sea for 19 hours – See more at:
The Turkish corvette “Bandirma” entered the Greek territorial waters at 09:45 am on Wednesday and remained in the southeastern and central Aegean for nearly a day continuously violating the greek territorial sea.
High Court set free Chinese fishermen
Two Chinese, Tsu Chin Tai and Zhao Hanqueing who were convicted of illegal fishing in the exclusive economic zone of Tanzania and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, yesterday won their appeal at the Court of Appeal.
Philippines files case to UN in South China Sea dispute
The Philippines has submitted evidence to a UN tribunal hearing its case against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
China rejects Philippines case on ‘nine-dash’ line
China has criticised the Philippines for forging ahead with an unprecedented international arbitration claim against Beijing over contested waters in the South China Sea.
Ford Infringed Automatic Turn Signal Technology, According to Patent Lawsuit Things are heating up at Ford, where the company is facing allegations that it intentionally copied automatic turn signal technology. http://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/patent-news/ford-infringed-automatic-turn-signal-technology-according-to-patent-lawsuit/
Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales
A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple’s request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle.
HTC, Huawei, ZTE did not violate FlashPoint patents-U.S. panel
HTC Corp and others did not violate digital camera patents owned by Apple Inc spinoff FlashPoint Technology to make their smartphones, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday.
Fifth meeting of the Preparatory Committee 18 March 2014
The Preparatory Committee celebrated its one-year anniversary by arranging its fifth meeting. The meeting was held in the premises of the Swedish permanent representation in Brussels and a wide variety of topics were discussed.
Microsoft and Dell Sign Patent Licensing Agreement
Microsoft Corp. and Dell announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other’s innovations. According to Microsoft, it is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers.