March 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture on Thursday criticized Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation with student and teacher groups, and also because ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The New Mexico legislature on Saturday passed a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's property without charging that person for ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he was sentenced to ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The development of natural gas in Pennsylvania gave rise to several legal issues. The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 13 with hopes that it would resolve disputes over local control of the industry, and how the Commonwealth would tax the industry. But in 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Wednesday called on state authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released a package of proposed legislation aimed at combating tax deals between individual EU member states and multinational companies. Included in the "Tax Transparency Package" is legislation requiring member states to ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued following a ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Pakistani authorities hanged 12 men on Tuesday, the largest number of people executed in a single day following the preliminary removal of the country's moratorium on executions in December. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry stated the men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of heinous ...[read more]

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