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Ex-Khmer Rouge official charged with crimes against humanity

Cambodian tribunal charges war crimesA U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal charged former Khmer Rouge official Ta An with crimes against humanity and premeditated murder, despite warnings from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen against the prosecution of additional suspects of the previous regime.

The Phnom Penh Post reported the Khmer Rouge's former deputy Central Zone secretary Ao An, also known as Ta An, is the second suspect in the court's case 004.

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Rights group accuses Palestinians of war crimes in 2014 Gaza conflict

War crimes in GazaAmnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian organizations had committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles.

The report from the human rights group comes after two other reports issued in late 2014 that accused Israel of war crimes for attacks on multistory civilian buildings and attacks on Palestinian residential homes during the war.

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Slavery taints global supply of seafood

Thai seafood slavery The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves.

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Florida no longer safe haven for war criminals as US prosecutors take action

salvator war criminalAs one of an estimated 3.6 million senior citizens living in Florida, Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova found the perfect place to hide in plain sight. From shopping trips with his wife Lourdes in the upscale malls of Daytona Beach to gourmet meals at popular restaurants, he appeared to be just another septuagenerian enjoying the good life in the country’s favourite retirement playground.

Vides, however, was guarding a secret. The smartly dressed pensioner was once an army general and defence minister in El Salvador during a bloody 12-year civil war in the 1980s, and he stands accused of covering up a series of atrocities, including the rape and murder of four American churchwomen.

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Shannon Airport: Ireland's Gateway to Torture

Shannon Airport gateway to tortureDespite Ireland's steadfast denials, activists have gathered evidence of the country's link to US rendition and torture activities, and the US Senate torture report has made accountability unavoidable.

The scale and brutality of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program would not have been possible without the ample and willing assistance provided by dozens of other countries.

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US must release photos of Abu Ghraib detainees, federal judge rules

Gitmo detaineesThe US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

US district judge Alvin Hellerstein’s ruling Friday gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released. The American Civil Liberties Union has been seeking to make them public in the name of holding government accountable.

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UN commission blames Israel for plight of Palestinian women

palestinian womenThe U.N. Commission on the Status of Women approved a resolution Friday blaming Israel's ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian territory for "the grave situation of Palestinian women."

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor denounced the resolution saying it was further proof of the U.N.'s bias against Israel, as it was the only country singled out by the 45-member commission.

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