September 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Bangladesh officials on Monday approved the Child Marriage Prevention Act of 2014, a law that sets a two year jail term for any person who marries a girl under the age of 18. The law, which was approved during a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, sets the minimum age ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by William Helbling
Lebanon's Minister of Justice on Saturday called for the "sternest punishments" to the individuals in Beirut who burned the flags of the militant groups the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front. It is reported that Minister Ashraf Rifi issued a highly criticized statement which has ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
05/31/2010: Pakistan court lifted Facebook ban. 06/06/2010: Bangladesh government lifted Facebook ban after removal of Muhammad caricatures. 02/08/2011: Syria lifted ban on social media sites Facebook, YouTube. 07/05/2012: UN Human Rights Council passed resolution to protect Internet ...[read more]
April 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Periodic Review Secretariat, a national security panel under the authority of the US Department of Defense (DoD), on Thursday recommended the release of a Yemeni prisoner currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The prisoner, Ali Ahmad Mohamed al-Razihi, was suspected of acting as a bodyguard for Os... ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given to Ali's deputy ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday that two Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood had been held since 2002, but neither had been charged with a crime. The two men were recommended for transfer in ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet ...[read more]
October 28, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court in Kuwait on Monday affirmed a 10-year prison sentence against Hamad al-Naqi, a commentator on Twitter for posts deemed offensive to Islam, according to rights activist Nawaf al-Handel. Al-Naqi was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2012 for posting insulting and ...[read more]
May 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan of the High Court of Peshawar ruled Thursday that US drone strikes in the region are illegal. The justice also directed Pakistan's Foreign Ministry to introduce a resolution against such attacks in the UN. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Foundation ...[read more]
March 9, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 9, 2007, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for alleged misconduct and misuse of authority. General Musharraf seized executive power following the country's third military coup in 1999 and declared emergency rule in 2007, which the ...[read more]

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