February 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A group of three UN special rapporteurs urged the international community on Friday to provide humanitarian aid and funding to Malawi after it experienced the worst flooding in recent history. Malawi habitually experiences varying degrees of flooding that requires action by emergency response ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a plan to end the practice of indefinitely banning men who have ever engaged in sexual acts with other men from donating blood. "With greater knowledge of HIV, the 31-year practice is no longer the most scientifically practical means ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The Minister for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, announced on Tuesday he will make a request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to review the judgment of a case against the UK for alleged torture. In 1971 during a violent period known as The Troubles... ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
European Union politicians on Tuesday approved a plan allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on Environment, ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Addison Morris
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed an existing state law limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of four out of the five ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that ...[read more]

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