May 28, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A panel of appeals judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that allows a case against former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo to go forward to trial. Gbagbo is accused of multiple crimes against humanity including murder and rape, which allegedly ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Thailand's military government announced on Tuesday it will hold a referendum on a new constitution, likely delaying the general elections scheduled for mid-2016. Thailand is currently operating under a temporary charter as its previous constitution was abolished after a coup last May. A committee ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Tibble v. Edison International that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary duty claim over investments does not necessarily run from initial selection of investments. The fiduciaries in this case ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urgently called on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve the crisis. ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 with 59 percent ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday that the upcoming elections in Burundi place the nation at a critical moment in history, with an opportunity to choose free and fair elections to "strengthen and mature Burundi's still fragile democracy, and enable an ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed ...[read more]
March 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, ...[read more]

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