November 10, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Around 2 million people in Spain's Catalonia region voted in a mock independence poll for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Results released on Monday showed that 1.6 million voters favored breaking away from Spain to create their own nation. However, with 5.4 million people eligible to vote, ...[read more]
November 9, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court suspending the vote on Tuesday to hear arguments claiming that the vote ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Spanish Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended the Catalonia region's upcoming symbolic vote to gauge public sentiment for independence. The unanimous decision to hear the government's appeal effectively bans the vote until the parties present arguments and the court makes a ruling. This ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Spanish state adviser on Thursday announced support for a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely that the Spanish government will attempt to have the Catalan "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts. Spain's Council of State ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday called off an independence vote that was scheduled for November 9. The vote was suspended after the Spanish government challenged its legality last month. Artur Mas, president of the Catalonia region, stated that an unofficial poll will still ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November ...[read more]

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