September 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted a stay preventing Ohio polls from opening Tuesday for those wishing to cast their vote early in the upcoming November mid-term elections. The 5-4 decision stayed the September 4 order from the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio requiring the ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to... ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US District Court for the District of Colorado denied on Monday a request by Citizens United for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law. The documentary, Rocky ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced on Wednesday that the Bangladesh government should abolish a recently enacted policy that restricts the media's freedom of expression. HRW argues the policy, passed in August, is broad, vague and imprecise and is seemingly designed to repress critical reporting ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, in 2011, was sentenced to ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) the extremist group, Islamic State (IS), of carrying out ethnic cleansing "on a historic scale" in Northern Iraq. The report, entitled "Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq," asserts that since ...[read more]

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