January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Emelina Perez
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced in the 2014 Year-End Report Wednesday that the Supreme Court is developing an electronic filing system, expected to be operational in 2016. This will make documents available online to the public with no charge, including petitions, responses ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Obama Administration announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact with the heads of several nations to facilitate the transfer. Currently the ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday announced the repatriation of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being ...[read more]
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]

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