October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado the court is tasked with deciding whether Nebraska violated a compact apportioning the waters of the Republican River between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and, if so, what relief is appropriate to ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Current prison ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments last month. Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday stayed the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns urged Mexico to conduct full and impartial investigations into the killings on June 30 in the village of Cuadrilla Nueva, Tlataya, State of Mexico, during a military operation against alleged criminals. ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
China's official Xinhua News Agency released a report on Wednesday detailing the evidence used to convict prominent ethnic minority scholar of separatism Ilham Tohti to life in prison. The report gives a lengthy summary of the case against Tohti, including the 210 pieces of evidence introduced by ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Wednesday commented on Cambodia's recent efforts in human rights protection, noting that while there have been improvements, there are still substantial problems in the judicial system. Subedi stated, "The situation ...[read more]

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