June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 4, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Spanish government on Tuesday approved a draft constitutional law that will facilitate the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. Spain's Council of Ministers submitted the proposed law to parliament, requesting that the House and Senate vote quickly on whether to make the draft part of the ...[read more]
April 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Russia's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a set of bills that apply new restrictions on the Internet and blogging, a move widely criticized by both pro-democracy activists and Russia's technology sector alike. Critics of the draft laws affecting the Internet, which are expected to be ...[read more]
April 19, 2014
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett of Columbia University School of Law discusses the current state of the controversy in Ukraine... Constitution-making has rapidly moved to the forefront of the East-West standoff in the Ukraine. Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk recently announced an ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks on Wednesday called upon the Greek government to abandon plans to include a clause in a draft immigration law that would allow the government to deport migrants following the rejection of their claims of abuse by law ...[read more]
March 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday approved a bill that would draft previously exempt individuals, including ultra-Orthodox men, into the military. Security Service Bill (amendment No. 19), 2014, also known as the Enlistment Bill and the Equal Service Bill, was approved in its third reading by a ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Thursday announced support for a five-point electoral reform agreement reached by Cambodia's two main political parties, the Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodian National Rescue Party. The two parties ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo on Friday urged the island nation of Seychelles to establish a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking, and to hasten to pass the draft anti-trafficking bill currently circulating in its ...[read more]

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