January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A Nepalese parliamentary meeting on Tuesday resulted in violence and arrests after the Maoist opposition sought to extend the deadline for the drafting of the new constitution. An original deadline for completion of the constitution had been set for January 22, a date to which the ruling ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Protests erupted in more than 30 cities in Spain on Saturday due to a new public security law that criminalizes certain types of social protests and demonstrations. Protests took place in both large and small cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Almeria and Valencia. Some protesters wore tape on ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even threw books at the ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
November 29, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday announced a nationwide anti-crime campaign following the September 26 disappearance of 43 students who were en route to Iguala to protest lack of funds for their school. The plan will allow Congress to dissolve local governments and give state ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Hong Kong court notice ordering authorities to start clearing protest sites that have been occupied for seven weeks was published in leading newspapers on Saturday. The notice will allow authorities, who have been on standby waiting to take action, to immediately begin clearing out the most ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Valerie Howell
Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the Mexican city of Iguala, was charged Friday with six counts of aggravated homicide and one count of attempted homicide by prosecutors in the state of Guerrero. The charges stem from the September 26 disappearance of 43 students who who were en route to ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for opposition leader and former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri in connection with protests in September. Thousands of protesters led by the two leaders marched in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad demanding ...[read more]

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