Polish prosecutors: US is obstructing CIA prison probe

The US is hampering Poland’s investigation into the secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including the Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices, a Polish prosecutor said today. Published in December, the summary of the report by the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee was redacted and did not mention Poland by…

“Women’s rights are human rights”

Bill Clinton’s White House didn’t want Hillary Clinton to attend the Fourth World Conference on Women, held by the United Nations in Beijing in 1995. The Clinton administration was struggling to normalize relations with China, which had been all but severed since the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. They feared that the first lady would lecture China’s hyper-sensitive…

Rights body looks into torture of activists

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the Railway IG to enquire and submit a report within a month about the allegation against the Inspector in charge (IIC) of Cuttack GRP for illegally arresting six SUCI activists, including a woman and allegedly torturing them in custody. “While the party activists were engaged in public…

The Lalit Modi File when he got the favour

In July last year when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the British government could give travel documents to Lalit Modi as per their rules and regulations, the Enforcement Directorate was in the final stage of its investigation against the former IPL chief. Modi, who faces several charges of financial irregularity and whose passport had earlier…