August 28, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, on Tuesday formally requested access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory to gather first-hand information into the human rights situation in Gaza. The UN estimates over the past six weeks ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) endorsed a new law to better combat evolving terrorist threats, state media reported Wednesday. The law, a revision of the country's nearly 10-year-old counter-terrorism law, would introduce new security measures to counter such crimes as attacks on ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern Tuesday over the latest political developments, calling on the country's political leaders to respect the president's constitutional responsibilities. He also called on security forces to avoid ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Human rights Council on Monday appointed three experts to an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. The goal of the ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
August 9, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The decision came after the Parties Affairs Committee (PAC), responsible for granting licenses to newly-formed parties in Egypt, issued a report ...[read more]
August 8, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 to allow veterans to seek private care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and provide money for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses. The legislation ...[read more]

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