Human Rights


These Somali refugees in northeastern Kenya are among those affected by the crisis

Real Estate Agent, Loan Officer Among Five Defendants to Plead Guilty to $11 Million Mortgage Fraud

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former real estate agent and a former loan officer are among five co-defendants who have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved upscale homes in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Liberty, Parkville, and elsewhere.

St. Clair County Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Series of Hoax Anthrax Letters

BIRMINGHAM—A St. Clair County man pleaded guilty today in federal court to mailing a series of hoax anthrax letters in Alabama in March and April last year, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

Security Council calls for parties that attack schools and hospitals to be held accountable

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Security Council meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

YEMEN: TV appearance sparks fresh wave of violence

President Saleh’s loyalists driving to a rally recently at Sabeen Square in the capital, Sanaa

MYANMAR: Military porters "worked to death"

A porter with soldiers in Karen State

Toms River, New Jersey Man Admits Posing as a Doctor, Treating Elderly Patients in Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Toms River, N.J., man today admitted to unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine, and ordering procedures while posing as a licensed physician with an Ocean County, N.J., medical practice, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Patrick Lynch, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme he orchestrated through Toms River-based Visiting Doctors of New Jersey, in which he conducted hundreds of visits with elderly, home-bound patients and billed them to Medicare.

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