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Ruling means Gitmo detainees have no legal protection: rights group

A federal court ruling this week that prevented the families of two dead Guantanamo detainees from seeking damages means that “no court can hear abuse and wrongful death claims from Guantanamo,” says a human-rights group. “In dismissing the case, the district court ruled that the deceased’s constitutional claims … could…

Human rights abusers ‘turn on activists in 2009′

NEW YORK — Human rights defenders from Russia to Sri Lanka were themselves targets of vicious abuses in 2009, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in its annual world report. HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, introduced the 624-page report by saying abuses against defenders of human rights represented a backlash by…

‘Sneaky’ China convicts dissident on Christmas Day

Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders condemned China’s conviction of a political dissident Friday, suggesting that officials “sneakily” handed down a guilty verdict on Christmas Day to minimize attention from the West. “It is a disgrace that Liu Xiaobo is going to spend the next eleven years in prison when…

Taxi driver kicks out gay couple for hugging

Paul Bruno and Erick Ruales hailed a New York City cab on Monday evening, and were shocked when the driver, Medhat Mohamed, pulled over after driving two blocks, allegedly muttered something about “No hugging” and tossed the pair out onto the street. Bruno and Ruales, who are romatically involved, said…

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