December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A court in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia's eastern province, has ordered that the criminal cases against Loujain Hathloul and Maysaa Alamoudi, two women's rights activists, be transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism in Riyadh. The women were arrested in December while attempting to drive into ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during ...[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 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that religious non-profit groups' rights were not violated when required to certify that they are opting out of the contraception mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Priests for ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Nevada citizens on Tuesday voted to approve the creation of an appellate court in Nevada. Previously, the state's 10 district courts could hear appeals from municipal and justice courts, but the Nevada Supreme Court was required to hear appeals from cases originating in district courts, because ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) called on leadership in Burkina Faso on Friday to control security forces amidst crackdowns against protesters. Protests erupted in Burkina Faso earlier this week in response to attempts by President Blaise Compaore to remove presidential term limits, extending his 27- ...[read more]

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