April 20, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak, accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was set at 1,000 dinars (USD ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement, a ceasefire deal proposed for peace negotiations... ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday condemned the targeting of the Ibn Khaldun Hospital in Yemen by combatants. Rebel soldiers and pro-government forces fortified near the hospital, and the resulting combat forced the hospital to evacuate all but those receiving emergency treatment in violation ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Mexican Congress approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Pea Nieto posted on ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged combatants in the current conflict in Yemen to report attacks resulting in civilian casualties so that they can be investigated and international human rights law can be upheld. The High Commissioner expressed deep ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, " ...[read more]
April 11, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Idaho State Legislature on Friday voted to kill legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal guidelines on the collection of child support. Legislators were concerned that the bill would force Idaho to enforce child support rulings made in foreign tribunals, ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law, known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The act ...[read more]

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