UN Human Rights Council. Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc FerrŽ via Flickr (CC).
UN Human Rights Council. Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc FerrŽ via Flickr (CC).

Human rights reports details violations by Saudi Arabia; calls for suspension of UN HR Council membership: A report published by two British lawyers is calling for the removal of Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The campaign stems from violations of international law, namely the arbitrary arrest of over 60 political activists in Saudi Arabia. One of the lawyers leading the campaign described Saudi Arabia’s participation in the UN HR Council as ‘contradictory’. The report went on to accuse Saudi Arabia of breaches of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Report asked the Human Rights Council to condemn Saudi Arabia’s violation of fundamental rights, call for the immediate release of the prisoners, recommend that Saudi Arabia accede to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, and refer the matter of the political prisoners to the UN General Assembly. (JuristIndependent).

President of Kosovo says law establishing Special Tribunal unjust but cannot be revoked: February 1, the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, has stated that the law on the Specialist Chamber in The Hague, set up to prosecute former Kosovo Liberation Army crimes will not be revoked by a new MP initiative. Though Thaci has made it clear that he personally does not support the establishment of the Court, he acknowledged the creation of the Special Court could not be undone. However, this initiative is supported by Kosovo’s ruling coalition parties. (BalkinInsight)

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci. Photo: cuartopoder.es via Bing (CC).
President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci. Photo: cuartopoder.es via Bing (CC).   

US extradites war crimes suspect to Croatia for lying about crimes in immigration papers: War crimes suspect, Slobodan Mutić has been brought to Sisak Prison in Zagreb, Croatia. He was convicted in the United States for having lied on his immigration papers. He stated on his papers that he had never been indicted, convicted or involved in genocide or murder on racial, ethnic or political grounds. Mutić is wanted for several alleged murders occurring in 1993, including the killing of his ex-girlfriend. Mutić arrived in the United States in 1999 as a refugee. However, it was later discovered by US authorities that Croatia had issued a warrant for his arrest. (TotalCroatiaNews)

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