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Egypt activist sentenced to 5 years in retrial
February 23, 2015
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing u....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Ohio death row inmates' lethal injection lawsuit
February 20, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 vi....... [more]

Dutch court urged to strike down national data-retention law
February 18, 2015
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 1....... [more]

Bahrain initiates criminal investigation into online content of opposition party
February 17, 2015
Bahrain's Ministry of Interior initiated a criminal investigation on Tuesday into alleged criminal content posted by the country's main opposition group, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. Al-Wefaq regularly publishes content to its website and Twitter account, including pictures of protests agains....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to NSA warrantless surveillance
February 11, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, cla....... [more]

UK tribunal: mass Internet surveillance unlawful
February 6, 2015
The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government Communications....... [more]

FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like a public utility
February 5, 2015
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed new federal rules to regulate the Internet like a public utility to "preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression." The approach is known as net neutrality, a notion endorsed by....... [more]

Michigan will not appeal same-sex marriage recognition ruling
February 5, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that his state will not challenge a decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordering the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March. The couples wed on March 22, a day after US District Judge Bern....... [more]

Chile president proposes plan to end complete abortion ban
February 1, 2015
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will not survive pregnancy or when a woman i....... [more]

Texas judge refuses to drop criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry
January 29, 2015
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under the....... [more]

Turkish court orders Facebook to censor pages insulting Prophet Muhammed
January 26, 2015
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the co....... [more]




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