May 9, 2010
by David Manes
Two Chinese human rights lawyers who have represented Falun Gong defendants were permanently disbarred Friday after being accused of disrupting courtrooms. In a Beijing Municipal Judicial Bureau hearing last month, Liu Wei and Tang Jitian were accused of breaking laws by disputing court rulings ...[read more]
May 2, 2010
by David Manes
Nine Somali men accused of piracy and other charges pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday. US federal prosecutors charged 11 suspected Somali pirates last month. One of the 11 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and the final accused pirate will be arraigned next week. If convicted, the men ...[read more]
May 2, 2010
by David Manes
An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against ...[read more]
April 23, 2010
by David Manes
US President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new financial regulations, outlining the major components of his proposal. Answering critics who claim that the reforms will increase bailouts, Obama compared the concept behind the proposed financial reforms to the Federal Deposit Insurance ...[read more]
April 21, 2010
by David Manes
US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will take into account a potential nominee's position on individual liberty, including women's rights, when nominating a Supreme Court justice. Speaking at a meeting with Senate leaders, Obama acknowledged that abortion has been a hugely... ...[read more]
April 14, 2010
by David Manes
The Arizona House approved a bill Tuesday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration policies in the nation. The bill would criminalize being in the US without proper documentation and would give law enforcement officers increased ability to require individuals suspected of ...[read more]
April 12, 2010
by David Manes
The Vatican on Monday released Church procedures for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, instructing, Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed. The Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual... ...[read more]
April 7, 2010
by David Manes
Several visual artist organizations filed a class action suit Wednesday against Google alleging copyright infringement resulting from the company's book scanning project. The plaintiffs include the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Co... ...[read more]
April 6, 2010
by David Manes
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed three anti-abortion bills into law Monday. The first bill prohibits abortions performed because of the gender of the fetus. The second bill creates the Freedom of Conscience Act and protects medical employees who refuse to participate in procedures such as ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by David Manes
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human... ...[read more]

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