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Spain's new public security laws ignite nationwide protests
December 21, 2014
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 the....... [more]

Catalans vote for independence in mock poll
November 10, 2014
Around 2 million people in Spain's Catalonia region voted in a mock independence poll for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Results released on Monday showed that 1.6 million voters favored breaking away from Spain to create their own nation. However, with 5.4 million people eligible to vote, les....... [more]

People of Catalonia vote in non-binding independence poll
November 9, 2014
Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court suspending the vote on Tuesday to hear arguments claiming that the vote i....... [more]

Dominican Republic leaves Inter-American Court of Human Rights
November 6, 2014
The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), raising concerns about the welfare of the country's migrant population. Following a 1999 report that criticized the Dominican Republic's treatment of Haitians, the IACH....... [more]

Spain court suspends symbolic Catalonia independence vote
November 4, 2014
The Spanish Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended the Catalonia region's upcoming symbolic vote to gauge public sentiment for independence. The unanimous decision to hear the government's appeal effectively bans the vote until the parties present arguments and the court makes a ruling. This vote....... [more]

Argentina judge asks Spain to extradite 20 Franco-era officials
November 3, 2014
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human r....... [more]

Ecuador court approves vote on removing term limits
November 1, 2014
The Constitutional Court of Ecuador on Friday ruled that congress may vote on proposal to allow unlimited re-election terms. The case was brought to the court by the ruling Alianza Pais party, which proposed indefinite re-election for elected officials in June. It is anticipated that lawmakers will....... [more]

Argentina lawmakers pass controversial energy law
October 31, 2014
Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign b....... [more]

Spain state advisor supports move to block Catalonia independence vote
October 30, 2014
The Spanish state adviser on Thursday announced support for a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely that the Spanish government will attempt to have the Catalan "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts. Spain's Council of State unanimous....... [more]

Uruguay begins voting for new president
October 26, 2014
Uruguay began voting on Sunday to elect a new president to succeed current leader Jose Mujica. Mujica's leftist party, the Broad Front, is being represented by former President Tabare Vazquez. The opposing right wing party, the National Party, is being represented by Luis Lacalle Pou. Though Muji....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage ban
October 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, which....... [more]




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