April 22, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki resigned Sunday in response to both supporters and opponents calling for his resignation. Mekki's letter of resignation was made public the day after President Mohammed Morsi announced a reshuffling of this cabinet. As part of the reason for his resignation, ...[read more]
April 19, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A group of UN independent experts urged the World Bank on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human rights in all their ...[read more]
April 15, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Al-Shabaab radicals launched an attack on Sunday against Somalia's Supreme Court. The attack, resulting in at least 35 deaths, was one of the worst attacks in years for the country's capital of Mogadishu. According to the Somali government, nine men were involved in the attack against the court, ...[read more]
April 12, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A UN independent expert on minority issues on Thursday urged the international community and African States to strengthen protection for minority groups throughout Africa. Independent Expert Rita Izsak explained that the African Commission needs to implement a systematic solution for ensuring that ...[read more]
April 8, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Turkish judges on Monday delayed closing arguments in the trial of 275 individuals charged with plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Defendants were scheduled to deliver closing statements on Monday, but mass protests outside the courtroom caused delays, ...[read more]
April 5, 2013
by Sarah Posner
France's Senate on Thursday commenced debate of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The bill came before the upper house of parliament after approval in February by France's lower house of parliament. The bill is controversial, despite the ...[read more]
April 1, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Lawmakers said Sunday that a bipartisan commission of US senators for immigration reform has reached an agreement after labor and business resolved disagreements over the immigration overhaul. Lawmakers are expected to announce the new immigration reforms when Congress reconvenes next week. There ...[read more]
March 25, 2013
by Sarah Posner
The US gave full control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty over the country, as the US begins withdrawing troops from the ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Wednesday permanently blocked a key provision in Georgia's immigration law that criminalized knowingly transporting or harboring an illegal immigrant during the course of any other crime. Judge Thomas Thrash struck down this ...[read more]
March 18, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Police in Zimbabwe arrested a prominent human rights lawyer on Sunday, along with four other officials from the prime minister's political party. The arrests came just a day after the country voted in a constitutional referendum calling for increased protections from human rights violations. Human ...[read more]

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