November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the District of Columbia that dismissed ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Kansas rule that required prospective voters to show proof-of-citizenship documents before registering using a federal voter registration form. The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit also said that a federal agency does not have to alter the ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean the court heard arguments on whether the code of Prohibited Personnel Practices can bar an agency from taking action against an employee who intentionally divulges sensitive security ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, she ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by William Helbling
Liberia's Justice Minister Christiana Tah on Monday resigned from her position, claiming the country's president had blocked an investigation. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepted the resignation after meeting with Tah at the Foreign Ministry office. Tah stepped down claiming that ...[read more]

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