October 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged Venezuela to release politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Al Hussein expressed concern over the detention of Lopez and 69 others who were arrested in connection with public protests that took place across ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the ...[read more]
August 11, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US military systematically covered up or disregarded "abundant and compelling evidence" of war crimes in Afghanistan, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. The report, entitled "Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms into many public places, including bars, schools, and certain government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act," dubbed the "guns everywhere bill" by critics, allows school ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the results of the Global Study on Homicide 2013 (GSH) which detailed the global prevalence of intentional homicides, finding 437,000 homicides in 2012. The UNODC collected a wide breadth of statistical data including identities of perpetrators and ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
A panel of three federal judges in California on Monday granted the state an extension until February 28, 2016, to reduce overcrowding in its massive prison system. The California prison system currently houses about 120,000 inmates but is only designed to hold about 80,000. Included in the order ...[read more]

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