April 16, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Reforms in Bahrain have failed to end serious human rights violations, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. The 79-page report claims that activists are still being jailed and detainees have been mistreated and tortured. The government implemented the reforms four years ago after anti- ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A Malaysian cartoonist known for his political caricatures was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly referred to as Zunar, could be sentenced to up to 43 years in jail if found guilty on all nine ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the a trial of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest and sentencing completed after only ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The Criminal Court of Maldives on Friday sentenced former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in prison for terrorism-related charges. The charges relate to actions taken three years ago by the former President which included the arrest and detainment of a top judge. The Maldives judge ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani has not kept the promise he made after his 2013 election to ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A Spanish High Court judge on Thursday ordered 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced of Francisco Correa bragging about Luis Barcenas' acceptance ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, won a contentious judgment in the UK High Court on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and other places of high prisoner traffic. ...[read more]

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