UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed disappointment in the inability of Member States to reach an agreement on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, according to a UN spokesperson. The spokesperson released a statement at the conclusion of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties ...[read more]
The government of Peru on Saturday declared a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa where residents are protesting the construction of a copper mine. Being under martial law allows police to enter homes without search warrants, as well as to break up protests and ...[read more]
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Saturday signed into law a bill requiring some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The Population Control Health Care bill, passed by parliament last month, allows authorities the power to implement "birth-spacing" in areas with high ...[read more]
Russian President Vladmir Putin signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation ...[read more]
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from ...[read more]
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday expressed concern over the human rights issues raised by EUNAVFOR MED, an EU implemented naval operation to identify, capture and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean. The Council of the European Union agreed to create the program on Monday ...[read more]
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted after a vote of nine in favor and ...[read more]
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty...
Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a ...[read more]
A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days pending a possible appeal.
Jarrar, a ...[read more]