October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by William Helbling
Ukraine held a parliamentary election on Sunday which resulted in large support for pro-Western parties. President Petro Poroshenko's Bloc party, which has been known to be a pro-European political party, received the most support. President Poroshenko stated in regards to the outcome, "I hope ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by William Helbling
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by William Helbling
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday expressed grave concern over escalating human rights violations by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Simonovic provided a report accessing the human rights issues in Iraq after spending some time on a trip within the region. ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of seven Islamic militants who were convicted of killing army officers. The original charges brought against the Islamic militants were shooting at security forces, planning terrorist operations,and attacking military bases and ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Nevada's implied consent law, which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The case involved a man named Michael Byars who was stopped by state troopers for driving under the influence ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the targeted attacks on human rights groups and activists by armed groups in Libya. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has received reports of intimidation, abductions, murders and harassment. Due ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by William Helbling
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday passed five anti-corruption laws in an effort to cure past issues and work towards developing more transparency in government affairs. The anti-corruption law package addresses issues with Bureau corruption, creates principles of anti-corruption policy and ...[read more]

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