October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Rival militias in Libya are committing serious human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. According to AI since July 2013, "militias and armed groups have launched indiscriminate attacks in urban areas of the capital, Warshafana ( ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Council of Europe (COE) called on Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, stating that "the ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100, passed in 2006, prohibited bail for individuals charged with both "committing a ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's voter identification law on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued by the United States, ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced Monday a targeted review of the nation's legislation "in relation to foreign terrorist fighters." The four-week review will be led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and, according to Key, "is likely to recommend that some urgent ...[read more]

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