October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. The proposed legislation ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from Sunni and Christian ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Militant group Boko Haram has forced kidnapped women and girls to marry their captors and begun using them for military tactical purposes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW interviewed 30 individuals who were abducted by the group between April 2013 and April 2014 and 16 others who saw ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Uruguay began voting on Sunday to elect a new president to succeed current leader Jose Mujica. Mujica's leftist party, the Broad Front, is being represented by former President Tabare Vazquez. The opposing right wing party, the National Party, is being represented by Luis Lacalle Pou. Though Muji... ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was ...[read more]
October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War ...[read more]

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