September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a number of UN officials on Thursday urged global leaders to abolish the death penalty. In in a presentation and accompanying report entitled "Moving Away from the Death Penalty," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated: ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday ruled that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in a lawsuit challenging the delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) employer mandate. The plaintiffs, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), ...[read more]
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]

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