July 10, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Tuesday closed its Russian version of the site in protest of a controversial Internet regulation bill to be considered by the State Duma this week. The bill, which gives the Russian government the ability to completely block access to certain websites, is ...[read more]
May 25, 2010
by Joseph Schaeffer
M. Patrick Yingling, Pitt Law '11, recently studied at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and is currently studying at the University of Bologna in Italy... Europe and the United States share many legal principles. But they differ as regards notions of privacy and free speech. While Euro... ...[read more]
February 26, 2008
by Leslie Schulman
A Malaysian court Tuesday rejected a bid to free five prominent members of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), ruling that they were lawfully detained under Malaysia's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA), which permits the government to detain suspects for two years without trial an... ...[read more]
February 14, 2008
by Jaime Jansen
The Iranian Guardian Council, the upper parliamentary chamber composed of twelve members, on Wednesday reinstated more than 280 parliamentary candidates in preparation for next month's parliamentary elections. Last month, Iran's Interior Ministry banned over 2,000 moderates and reformists... ...[read more]
February 11, 2008
by Michael Sung
Two opposition groups in Myanmar, the 88 Generation Students and the National League for Democracy (NLD), on Monday urged citizens to reject a proposed constitutional referendum put forth by Myanmar's military government. In a statement to Reuters, the 88 Generation Students called the proposal... ...[read more]
February 8, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski
A Spanish National Court judge Friday blocked two Basque political parties from fielding candidates in Spain's March general elections, ruling that the parties were connected to ETA, the armed Basque separatist movement. Judge Baltasar Garzon found that Batasuna, ETA's banned political ar... ...[read more]
February 5, 2008
by Leslie Schulman
Uzbekistan authorities have granted a pardon to a journalist and Human Rights Watch (HRW) translator sentenced to prison, according to Tuesday reports. Umida Niyazova was sentenced to seven years after an Uzbek court convicted her last May of illegal border crossing, smuggling, and distributing ...[read more]
January 31, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The Russian Supreme Court Thursday rejected an appeal to overturn a life sentence for former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin for his involvement in organizing a series of contract killings. Pichugin was convicted by the Moscow City Court in August 2007 for organizing three murders and four ...[read more]
January 31, 2008
by Brett Murphy
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Thursday called for Malaysia to lift the Internal Security Act (ISA), a preventive detention law that allows the Malaysian government to detain suspects for two years without trial and to renew the detention indefinitely. The FIDH said that the ...[read more]
January 30, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Iran's chief judge issued a ban Wednesday against all public executions not specially permitted by the head of the judiciary. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi also banned the publication of pictures and videos of executions and ordered state prosecutors to enforce the bans. Commentators said... ...[read more]

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