November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Approximately 36 million people in the world live in a form of modern slavery, the Global Slavery Index (GSI) reported Monday. For the purposes of the study, GSI defines modern slavery as involving "one person possessing or controlling another person in such as a way as to significantly deprive ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Bosnian police on Monday arrested 12 men suspected of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian Civil War. The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated that these individuals allegedly violated Article 172 of the Criminal Code, committing crimes against humanity. They are charged with ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), raising concerns about the welfare of the country's migrant population. Following a 1999 report that criticized the Dominican Republic's treatment of Haitians, the ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
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]

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