November 26, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex... ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Bosnian police on Monday arrested 12 men suspected of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian Civil War. The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated that these individuals allegedly violated Article 172 of the Criminal Code, committing crimes against humanity. They are charged with ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking ...[read more]
May 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah proclaimed the enactment of Sharia in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Kyrgyz parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets, those found guilty of ...[read more]
February 22, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal ...[read more]

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