Human Rights

Former Hospital CFO Sentenced to 33 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud Scheme

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM ROE, 55, formerly of Archbald, Pennsylvania, and Wilton, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for defrauding two hospitals where he was employed of approximately $200,000.

Leawood Man Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Cisco Computer Equipment

A Leawood, Kansas man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for selling $1 million worth of counterfeit Cisco computer equipment, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

UN human rights expert criticizes heavy-handed police methods in Malaysia

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue

Mexican man convicted of using US citizen ID and passport to smuggle methamphetamine into US

A Mexican man was convicted on Wednesday of smuggling methamphetamine, and misusing a U.S. citizen passport during his smuggling attempt. The conviction was announced by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas.

ICE seizes 850 pounds of marijuana in Tucson


PAKISTAN: Christian sanitation workers swept into societal gutter

An article from Compass Direct News forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission

The often unseen or unrecognized abuses suffered by Christians at Pakistan’s lowest level of society – street sweepers – have come into sharp focus this year.

INDONESIA: Torture Trial Must Be Open to Public

A Joint Statement by the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), in Indonesia and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urge the military to make open to the public the upcoming trial in a case of military torture that was committed against Charles Mali and others in East Nusa Tenggara.

Former Secaucus Mayor Convicted of Bribery

Former Secaucus, New Jersey Mayor Dennis Elwell was convicted today for accepting a $10,000 cash bribe in exchange for agreeing to provide assistance in securing town approvals for purported real estate projects in Secaucus, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Operation Smoking Dragon

Dismantling an International Smuggling Ring

The smugglers offered a variety of Chinese military-grade weapons, including surface-to-air missiles.

La Jolla, California Lawyer Receives 21-Month Prison Sentence for Defrauding New Mexico Investor

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, on July 1, 2011 in federal court in Albuquerque, Paul Conrad Ward, Jr., 63, was sentenced to a 21-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for his wire fraud conviction. Ward, a lawyer who resides in La Jolla, California, also was ordered to pay $530,000 in restitution to the victim of his fraud.