March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Friday that a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services sued the state, claiming ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Wednesday called on state authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Colorado residents filed two lawsuits Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado seeking federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. The lawsuits mark the first in-state legal action opposing the legalization of marijuana. The actions were filed by owners of a ...[read more]

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