February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority liable Monday for the terrorist attacks that took place in Israel between 2002-2004 and killed 33 people, including Americans. The jury awarded ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kerry v. Din the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether US citizens have the right to judicial review if a consular officer denies a spouse's visa application. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Friday to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months, though the deal will not be ratified until next week after the list of reforms, including all the policy measures the government plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period, are approved. ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Thailand's attorney general filed criminal charges on Thursday against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the country's controversial rice subsidy program. Yingluck, Thailand's first female prime minister, could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if found guilty of negligence. Under ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation ruled that the case should be reexamined, sending it back for ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
A Russian appellate court on Tuesday upheld the 3.5 year prison sentences of lead opposition activist Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny. Both brothers were sentenced last December, fined 500,000 rubles (USD $8,500) and ordered to together pay 4.4 million rubles (USD $76,000) in ...[read more]

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