August 26, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Guardian US and the Oklahoma Observer filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma seeking greater media access to state executions. The lawsuit cites the botched execution of Oklahoma ...[read more]
July 6, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Lawyers for Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak on Saturday entered a not guilty plea when his retrial for alleged complicity in the 2011 killings of protestors resumed. Mubarak, who also faces corruption charges alongside his two sons, received a life sentence at the original trial last year. ...[read more]
July 6, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a bill requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and banning doctors without admitting privileges at local hospitals from performing the procedures. The law goes into effect Saturday. Within hours of the signing, Planned Parenthood of ...[read more]
June 5, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged the Turkish government to ensure the right of its citizens to assemble freely and in a peaceful manner. The OHCHR is responding to days of violent clashes between police and protestors. The protests began on Friday in ...[read more]
June 5, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
There is a racial bias in marijuana possession arrest rates press release], with black people 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than white people, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report is the first of its kind and concludes that the war ...[read more]
May 30, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called Wednesday for the participation of Libyan women in the Constitution Drafting Assembly. The UNSMIL noted that the preparation and drafting of the constitution is a significant part of Libya's democratic transition, and the representation and ...[read more]
May 29, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal by the state of Indiana challenging a lower court decision that blocked patient reimbursement through Medicaid if the health providers performed abortions as a part of overall medical care. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers that can ...[read more]
May 29, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepulveda on Tuesday presented her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. Sepulveda urged world governments to enable participation amongst persons living in poverty in decisions that affect their lives. She also ...[read more]
May 24, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
US President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday on US counterterrorism policy and efforts, outlining plans to restrict the use of unmanned drone strikes and to renew efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In Obama's first major speech on counterterrorism since his re- ...[read more]
May 23, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The North Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted seven police officers accused of killing a protester and injuring 11 others during the January 2011 revolution. The public prosecution had charged these seven police officers with attempted and premeditated murder. The initial panel of judges ...[read more]

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