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Pfizer to block its drugs from being used in lethal injections

PfeizerPfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, has announced that it will no longer allow its products to be used for lethal injections and the death penalty. Effective immediately, Pfizer will closely screen and restrict the wholesale distribution of seven products that can be used for lethal injection, demanding that companies pledge not to resell them to corrections agencies.

"Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve and strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment," the company said in a statement. The news was first reported by The New York Times.


Appeals court won't order release of 'torture report'

Appeals court won't order torture reportA federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that the Obama administration need not release the unabridged version of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that sharply criticized the Central Intelligence Agency’s treatment of terror suspects aggressively interrogated in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Senate had not relinquished control over the report when it sent copies of the document to various executive branch agencies, like the CIA and the Justice Department. Therefore, those agencies were under no obligation to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests for the full report, Judge Harry Edwards wrote on behalf of Judges David Tatel and Sri Srinivasan.


Abu Ghraib victims fight for US justice

Abu Ghraib torture victimsJournalist Salah Hasan Nusaif al-Ejaili painfully remembers his introduction to the infamous prison west of Baghdad known as Abu Ghraib.

"The worst was the first day I arrived in Abu Ghraib, how they forced me to strip … naked in front of everyone," said Ejaili. "They placed a black hood on my head and left me hanging all night."

Ejaili worked as a cameraman in Iraq for Al Jazeera Arabic channel in November 2003.


Israel renews detention of Palestinian scientist

Palestinian astrophysicist detained without chargesIsrael’s military has renewed the detention without charges of a renowned Palestinian astrophysicist, asserting he posed a “significant” security threat.

Imad Barghouthi, a professor at Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University who once worked on NASA-funded projects in the United States, was arrested in late April by Israeli security forces at a checkpoint near the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah in the West Bank.


Children dying in Nigeria military detention: Amnesty

Children dying in Nigeria detentionBabies and children have died in squalid conditions in a military detention centre in northeast Nigeria, where suspected Boko Haram members are being held, often without any evidence, according to an Amnesty International report.

The UK-based human rights group said 149 people, including at least 12 children and babies, have died in the Giwa barracks, the main military prison in Maiduguri, because of appalling and unsanitary conditions, since the beginning of this year.


Guantanamo: The last-chance hearings

GitmoKarim Bostan was forced to flee his village in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and spent his formative years as a refugee in Pakistan.

In the early 1990s, Bostan made his way back to his home country to start anew. He married and had six children - one of whom, a girl, died in infancy. Bostan's youngest child was born after he was detained and then imprisoned by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Albinos in Malawi face ‘total extinction,’ UN expert warns

Malawi albinos hunted downAn African country’s albino population faces complete extinction as killers hunt down the endangered group for their mythological “powers.”

Malawi’s small population of people with albinism — less than 10,000 — could be completely wiped out as the crisis continues, with 65 deaths recorded by police since late 2014, the United Nations revealed.

“Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack,” Ikponwosa Ero, the UN’s expert on albino people said. “Many do not sleep peacefully and have deliberately restricted their movement to the necessary minimum.”


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