February 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Nazif and former minister of interior Habib el-Adly of all charges. Both defendants were charged with "squandering public funds and profiteering" after allegedly making an illegal deal with German Company UTSCH to sell ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked two key parts of a recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced two programs in November, purportedly under his executive authority as ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Malaysian Federal Court on Tuesday upheld the sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, a decision rights groups are calling unjust and political. Anwar was accused of sodomizing an aide in the opposition campaign office in 2008 in violation of ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the District Court of The Hague on Tuesday approved the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians and a Ukrainian citizen are charged in a data ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Germany's top human rights official on Tuesday urged Israel to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories. After a prosecutor for the ICC announced the investigation last week, Israel's government said that it would not work ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Saudi judge on Tuesday sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khair to an additional five years in jail after he refused to show remorse for "showing disrespect" to authorities and creating an unauthorized association. Abu al-Khair is the founder of the watchdog group Monitor of ...[read more]

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