March 31, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The legislative body of Maldives, the People's Majlis, amended the Prison and Parole Act on Monday to remove an inmate's right to membership in a political party. The measure is known as the Bill on Amendment to the Prison and Parole Act, Act No. 14/2013. Critics of the measure claim the law was ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Kansas and Arizona on Wednesday filed notice of an appeal to the US Supreme Court asking that federal elections officials force residents of their states to prove US citizenship before registering to vote. In November the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the two states cannot ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Kansas legislature on Wednesday approved SB 95, a proposed ban on an abortion procedure typically used in second trimester abortions, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The procedure, dilation and evacuation, is used in about 8 percent of all abortions conducted in Kansas. The ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly voted Tuesday to extend the term of President Salva Kiir by three years. This move follows the cancellation of elections that were to be held in June and the dissolution of negotiations to end the country's internal conflict. The talks between opposing ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69, passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich on constitutional grounds. Any doctor found to have ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Frank v. Walker, allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, but reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]

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