May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment. Roberts ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by ...[read more]
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]

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