September 30, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Judge Thomas Griesa of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York declared Argentina in contempt of court Monday for the ongoing debt dispute after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to sidestep his court order that forbids the government from paying only ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Prosecutors called former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic a liar on Monday during closing remarks at his genocide trial at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of State on Tuesday announced it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention, the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A French appeals court ruled Monday that Swiss bank UBS must deposit a guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in an investigation of charges for aiding in tax evasion for wealthy French customers. In July UBS was put under formal investigation for allegations of laundering the proceeds of tax evasion. ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights reported on Monday that the human rights of the most vulnerable people affected by climate change are threatened. The report, available for download on the IBA website, urges improved access to justice ...[read more]
September 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A report by Rights and Resources on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for ...[read more]
September 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation, where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later to vote. Each ...[read more]

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