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Report outlines crimes against humanity in North Korea’s political prisons

A report by the International Bar Association (IBA) War Crimes Committee, authored by three international judges, and involving interviews with several North Korean defectors, outlines major crimes against humanity committed in the country’s political prisons. According to the IBA’s announcement of the report, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and “other regime officials should be prosecuted…

Can’t press Centre to ratify UN convention on Torture: SC

The Supreme Court said it won’t compel the central government to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture, nor will it direct it to formulate legislation against torture. This move came in a PIL seeking an anti-torture law filed by former Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar. Justice D. Y. Chandrachud said that “the government has…

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Ratify Convention Against Torture, Enact Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017: Law Commission

In a major victory for the human rights movement in the country, the Law Commission of India (headed by justice BS Chauhan) has recommended that the Indian government ratify the Convention Against Torture for ratification enact a Prevention of Torture Law. In its 273rd report submitted to the Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad…

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