September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) filed a complaint on Wednesday on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Wisconsin last June, but whose marriages are not currently recognized due to a stay on the district court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban. The ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Indiana right-to-work law is valid under the US Constitution and federal labor laws. The legislation, enacted in February 2012, forbids an employer from requiring the payment of union dues as a condition for obtaining or ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Zimbabwean government stated this week that it is in the process of developing new cyber laws to regulate social media. Caecilia Nyamutswa, legal director of the regulatory organization Potraz, communicated to an information and communication technology (ICT) committee that the bills are ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
India's top court on Wednesday ruled that lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government positions but that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be allowed to choose his own cabinet. The supreme court expressed hope that, despite this freedom, Modi would keep public expectations ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice ...[read more]

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