September 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that had given private companies greater latitude to fire employees. The changes to the labor code were adopted last year and allowed for private companies to fire employees that held positions deemed redundant or who were ...[read more]
September 12, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has been operating ...[read more]
August 30, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than 12 months. The law gave such employees ...[read more]
July 21, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Slavery was a socially accepted and promoted practice in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Eastern empires. The modern practice of human trafficking is another iteration in the history of the international slave trade. An intricate global network connected traders in Africa to merchants in emerging ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 did not contain a provision for reproductive rights, but the United Nations approved the Proclamation of Teheran in 1968 at the World Conference for Human Rights, which defined reproductive rights as human rights. The UN also included full access ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Slavery was a socially accepted and promoted practice in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Eastern empires. The modern practice of human trafficking is another iteration in the history of the international slave trade. An intricate global network connected traders in Africa to merchants in emerging ...[read more]
May 18, 2013
by Addison Morris
Portugal's Parliament voted Friday to approve a law allowing same-sex married couples to adopt their partners' children. The Parliament also voted on Friday to reject the Left Bloc and Green Party's proposal to grant gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals. The bill approved by ...[read more]
April 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Portugal's Constitutional Court ruled that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva for the court to determine whether retirees and public workers ...[read more]
August 18, 2012
by Keith Herting
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Friday that former Serb official Mile Mrksic has been transferred to a Portuguese prison to serve his 20-year sentence for war crimes. Mrksic was convicted of war crimes in 2007 for his involvement in the 1991 mass ...[read more]
May 29, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 29, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for gay rights reform throughout the international community. Particular attention was given to African nations such as Uganda, where legislation was being considered that would prohibit the sale of property to homosexuals and charge ...[read more]

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