April 23, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The UN Security Council on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime ...[read more]
April 23, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday to send 300 unarmed soldiers and other civilian aid to Syria for 90 days to supervise the implementation of a peace plan. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will track whether Syrian officials follow the UN Joint Special ...[read more]
April 17, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order Monday dismissing its review of two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law, leaving state appellate courts to decide whether to lift an injunction against the law. In the two cases, NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. ...[read more]
April 17, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
Danish authorities failed to examine possible racist motivations behind an attack on an Iraqi refugee family in Denmark in 2004, according to an opinion published by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Iraqi-born Mahali Dawas, his wife and eight children were ...[read more]
April 16, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to determine whether, under the Copyright Act, a copyrighted work obtained legally outside the US may be sold in the US without the copyright owner's permission. Defendant and Thai national Supap Kirtsaeng ...[read more]
April 16, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
Vietnamese prosecutors on Monday charged three bloggers with spreading pro-democracy propaganda in violation of the country's criminal law. Bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai, alias Anhbasg, and Ta Phong Tan are scheduled to begin their trials on April 17 in the People's Court ...[read more]
April 10, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, to two years and eight months in prison on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was also sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges. Ni and her husband had ...[read more]
April 10, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that five terrorism suspects facing extradition from the UK to the US will not face inhumane prison conditions in the US. The court held that British citizens Syed Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad, Saudi-born Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Egyptian-born ...[read more]
April 9, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The Israeli justice minister has proposed a bill that would allow the Israeli Knesset to reinstate laws that have been struck down by the Israeli Supreme Court. Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman last week proposed the bill, which would give parliament authority to overturn Supreme Court decisions ...[read more]
April 9, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federal on Monday dismissed all charges against a Russian doctor accused of negligence in the death of former Russian lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in November 2009. Larisa Litvinova, who was Magnitsky' ...[read more]

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