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UN denied unrestricted access to Manning

The US is denying the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture unfettered access to detainee Bradley Manning. Private first class Manning was arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of leaking incriminating military documents to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.  He remains in US custody awaiting court marshall. The conditions of his detention have been widely criticised […]

Vatican calls for worldwide repeal of ‘sodomy laws’

Last week 66 nations at the UN General Assembly adopted a landmark statement affirming the equal rights of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  It was the first time the UN body has formally dealt with the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. In debate prior to the vote, […]

War criminals in business suits

Business suits or pantyhose. Former British PM Margaret Thatcher is said to consult her lawyers before travelling abroad for fear of being arrested for international crimes (for ordering the sinking of Argentine warship the General Belgrano as it sailed away from the conflict during the Falklands/Malvinas War in 1982, at the expense of 323 lives). […]