March 31, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order lets stand a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit, ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Wednesday called on state authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk, and two others ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Friday to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months, though the deal will not be ratified until next week after the list of reforms, including all the policy measures the government plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period, are approved. ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Myanmar lawmakers on Wednesday said that the country's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on amendments to its constitution later this year. The referendum may include up to 95 proposed constitutional revisions and is tentatively scheduled for May 2015, before a general election in ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Addison Morris
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday voted to dismiss General Prosecutor Vitaliy Yarema from office for his failure to bring reform and justice in light of last year's revolution. The proposal stemmed from President Petro Poroshenko and received 291 votes. Significant government reform is one of ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]

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