August 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ordered the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over a memorandum detailing the legal justification for the US government's targeted killing program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ...[read more]
April 18, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the emails of Michael Mann, a former University of Virginia climatologist and professor, are exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli subpoenaed university records ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Kyrgyz parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets, those found guilty of ...[read more]
February 3, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday asked the federal courts to dismiss a case brought by the Miami Herald demanding to know how much money the government spent to build a prison facility at Guantanamo. The news service requested this figure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), ...[read more]
December 31, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday announced that they had filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the extent of governmental use and interpretation of Executive Order 12,333, which permits US government surveillance abroad to protect ...[read more]
December 18, 2013
by Julie Deisher
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ordered the release of a foreign policy document by the Obama administration in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2011, the Center for Effective Government (CEF), formerly OMB Watch, filed a FOIA ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned a draft Egyptian protest law on Wednesday, saying it falls short of the obligation to respect freedom of assembly. HRW expressed concern over the scope of the law's application, vague language, and its broad restrictions and discretionary powers. Specifically, ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose documents regarding its use of ethnic and racial information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the disclosure of those ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Neil Devlin
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit Thursday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to compel the federal government to disclose its policy for notifying criminal defendants that they have been surveilled under the Foreign ...[read more]

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