April 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Mississippi Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that bans abortions from being performed beyond 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which grants an exception for cases where pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother but not for victims of ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and forcible transfer). In the open ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern on ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a measure on Thursday banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the legislation, the bill was introduced out of concern that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks gestation. House member Andy Gipson, author of HB 1400, said the only ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Somali government on Thursday to adopt reforms to help prevent sexual violence against women and provide support for victims. HRW released a report, "Here, Rape is Normal" , with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to reduce sexual violence ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Justice and Human Rights Commission of Morocco's parliament on Thursday announced a proposal to amend Article 475 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims. This practice is currently encouraged in countries such as Morocco and India, where the loss ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
Attorneys for death row inmate Dennis McGuire on Tuesday filed for a stay of execution in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claiming that Ohio's untried execution method would cause McGuire to experience a suffocation-like syndrome known as air hunger. McGuire's execution ...[read more]

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