May 12, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed a compliant with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking a federal investigation into allegations of abuse of individuals at ports of entries (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. The ...[read more]
September 1, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 1, 1951, Australia, New Zealand, and the US signed ANZUS, a mutual defense accord similar to NATO among the North Atlantic states. The alliance between the US and New Zealand, however, was suspended in 1985, after the institution of New Zealand's nuclear-free zone prohibited US ...[read more]
April 21, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 21, 1649, the Maryland Assembly passed the Maryland Toleration Act, providing for freedom of worship for all Christians. The key section of act read:And whereas the inforceing of the conscience in matters of Religion hath frequently fallen out to be of dangerous Consequence in those ...[read more]
March 31, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On March 31, 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry and representatives of the Japanese government signed the Convention of Kanagawa. The terms of the treaty marked the end of Japan's 500 years of self-imposed isolation by opening of the Ports of Shimoda and Hakodate. Four years later, Japanese- ...[read more]
February 9, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On February 9, 1909, Congress passed the first federal legislation prohibiting narcotics. The "Act to Prohibit Importation and Use Of Opium" barred the importation of opium at other than specified ports and for other than medicinal use. Read a contemporary call for quick passage of the legislation ...[read more]
September 1, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On September 1, 1951, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States signed ANZUS, a mutual defense accord similar to NATO in Europe. The alliance between the U.S. and New Zealand, however, has been suspended since 1985, after the institution of New Zealand's nuclear-free zone prohibited U.S. ...[read more]
April 18, 2007
by James M Yoch Jr
Opposition leader and former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has been exiled from Bangladesh by President Iajuddin Ahmed's emergency government, according to a Bangladeshi Ministry of Home Affairs statement confirmed to the AFP by military officials on Wednesday. Bangladeshi autho... ...[read more]
November 1, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
Turkey's bid for European Union membership could be further damaged by an unreleased report on the country's human rights record, a draft version of which was obtained by the Independent. The report condemns Turkey's refusal to compromise on free speech issues or to allow ships from Cypr... ...[read more]
October 5, 2006
by Katerina Ossenova
A UN Human Rights Council envoy on Thursday called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court into whether Israel committed war crimes during the 34-day Middle East conflict. In a report, UN special rapporteur on food rights Jean Ziegler wrote that Israel's bombing campaign agains... ...[read more]
September 14, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos
The US Senate unanimously approved a port security bill Thursday that would require the government to install radiation-detection devices at US ports and to test the feasibility of scanning US-bound cargo overseas. Senators nonetheless voted 61-37 against setting a four-year deadline for all US- ...[read more]

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