September 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced on Wednesday that the Bangladesh government should abolish a recently enacted policy that restricts the media's freedom of expression. HRW argues the policy, passed in August, is broad, vague and imprecise and is seemingly designed to repress critical reporting ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, in 2011, was sentenced to ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) the extremist group, Islamic State (IS), of carrying out ethnic cleansing "on a historic scale" in Northern Iraq. The report, entitled "Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq," asserts that since ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Ann Schober
The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged home in ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Ann Schober
The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group, was charged with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released on bail after being charged with violating Malaysia's ...[read more]

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