September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The Hong Kong police department on Friday cleared the main government compound of pro-democracy supporters who occupied the area in protest. It is reported that supporters were subdued with pepper spray and 60 arrests were made. The pro-democracy protesters and supporters are a part of an movement ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Egyptian court on Saturday has postponed the verdict in the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak until November 29 due to the large amount of evidence. The verdict in the case was originally scheduled to be announced today, however, Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidy instead announced the ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian High court on Sunday suspended Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry's six-month jail sentence. El-Masry has been detained for violating Egypt's protest law since May and in June had her jail sentence reduced from two years to six months with a fine of LE50,000 ( ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Islamabad court on Monday ordered police to register a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other cabinet members for killings of protesters on August 31 in Islamabad's Red Zone. The FIR comes as a response to the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by William Helbling
Alliance Defending Attorneys (ADF) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a city of Pittsburgh ordinance that creates numerous protest-free zones. The ordinance specifically states that one may not "knowingly congregate, patrol, picket or demonstrate in a zone extending 15 feet from any entrance to ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Geneva-based pan-Arab rights group Alkarama claimed in an open statement to the UN published Friday that Egyptian authorities have been complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenage detainees. The rights group brought the cases of the detainees, who range in age from 15 to 18 and were ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Five people brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri and several officials for the use of unnecessary and unwarranted force by St. Louis County Police and Ferguson Police against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. The complaint describes the ...[read more]

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