July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling prohibiting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization ...[read more]
July 8, 2014
by Ann Schober
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will change the language in California's marriage code to accommodate same-sex couples. The bill, introduced by California Senator Mark Leno, proposes that all state-statutory references to opposite-gender couples, such as " ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by Ann Schober
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning regarding allegations of misuse of influence and illegal campaign financing. Specifically, anti-corruption investigators are looking into whether Sarkozy used his political influence to encourage a ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Ann Schober
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York hoping to compel Congress to comply with subpoenas it received requesting information on an insider trading case the commission is investigating. The subpoenas ask ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the numerous executions that have occurred over the past week in Iraq "almost certainly amountto war crimes." Pillay cited reports of "cold-blooded" killings of hundreds of non-combatant men and civilians, including religious ...[read more]

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