January 23, 2014 |
The United Nations' lead advocate for human rights on Thursday demanded that Myanmar authorities investigate "credible information" about a reported massacre of more than 40 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state. "I deplore the loss of life in Du Chee Yar Tan and call on the authorities to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation and ensure that victims and their families receive justice," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement from the U.N. offices in Geneva . A spokesman for Myanmar President Thein Sein denied a massacre had been carried out by state security forces and local Buddhists, as the U.N. official alleged.
December 9, 2013
Any lingering doubt about whether there are deep-seated problems of abuse at Los Angeles County jails should be put to rest by Monday's arrests following the unsealing of formal charges against 18 current or former sheriff's deputies. Any inclination to pass off more than two years of news reports and official probes detailing inmate beatings as simply the result of a few rogue deputies should be shelved. Some of the allegations are familiar, involving inmates suffering unwarranted abuse and beatings.
December 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - "Newtown 911, what's the location of your emergency?" The voice on the other end shook with fear. "Sandy Hook school," the woman said. "I think there's somebody shooting in here. " It was the first call received by police in Newtown, Conn., the morning of Dec. 14 after Adam Lanza had shot his way into the elementary school and begun rampaging down the corridors and into classrooms. When he was done, 20 first-graders and six school employees lay dead. Lanza, 20, who had shot his mother, Nancy, to death in their Newtown home, then killed himself.
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December 4, 2013 |
A man suspected of gunning down eight city officials in Mexico more than 10 years ago has been arrested in Sacramento. Genaro Olaguez, 53, was arrested without incident after he was found living with family along Grove Street in Sacramento, although he initially gave authorities a false identity, Fox 40 reported . Investigators say Olaguez used heavy weaponry to carry out the attack in Sinaloa in May 2000. A city commissioner was among those killed, the Sacramento Bee reported . Four others were injured.
November 10, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Usually, human rights activists and victims are on the same side of a conflict. But the case of Israel Arzate has put the two allies in opposite camps in Mexico, a reflection of how the absence of justice distorts reality in this violent country. Arzate, 28, was one of a small handful of people formally accused by authorities of perpetrating one of the most notorious massacres in recent Mexican history. Fifteen mostly young people were shot to death as they celebrated a soccer victory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez in January 2010.
October 30, 2013 |
If you bundled the attacks all together into one brutal event, it would have been the worst massacre since Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last December. Instead, America's latest criminal tragedy has been doled out in bloody increments, just as senselessly as any mass shooting, and with no less of an astonishing casualty total: 21 people dead, after four days of inexplicable violence in four states. In Phoenix : a disturbed pharmacist and former financial blogger, who had argued with his neighbors over their barking dogs, took his shotgun next door and killed four members of the Moore family -- plus two of their dogs -- before killing himself Saturday morning.