April 10, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Amnesty International (AI) announced Wednesday that the use of the death penalty declined worldwide in 2012 despite some setbacks. In its annual review of death sentences and executions, AI concluded that at least 682 individuals were executed in 2012. Twenty-one countries carried out the death ...[read more]
March 20, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Tunisian authorities to repeal a law that criminalizes defamation. The call comes after two Tunisian citizens were charged with defamation for publicly exposing alleged wrongdoing of Tunisian officials. The men face up to two years in prison if convicted ...[read more]
March 7, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Mexico's Chamber of Deputies voted 376-56 on Tuesday to remove criminal immunity for federal lawmakers. The bill, which contains proposed amendments to the country's constitution, seeks to subject federal senators and deputies to the criminal justice system. The lawmakers, including high-ranking ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Legislators from UN member states on Tuesday discussed the importance of laws against sexual, domestic and gender violence during the second day of the UN women's commission annual session. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Bahrain Higher Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted two police officers in the shooting death of a Shiite protester during the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011. Bahraini lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi who represented the protester's family, said the Bahrain court ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of four Kenyans accused of committing crimes against humanity. Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, who is one of the four men charged, asked the ICC earlier this month to postpone his ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday voted 80-10 in favor of a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life. The bill, commonly referred to as The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was approved in a ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Mexican security forces have enforced or participated in widespread "disappearances" in which individuals are taken against their will, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The rights group has documented at least 250 "disappearances" since 2007. In most of these cases, security forces ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that a woman in a same-sex relationship could adopt her partner's biological child. The court held that Austria's existing ban on the practice, also called successive adoption, violated Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
UN experts on Tuesday urged the US House of Representatives to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which expired in 2011. The bill is intended to increase protections for Native American and Alaskan Native women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims, and immigrant victims and ...[read more]

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