August 27, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
South Carolina's Senate Minority Caucus filed an objection on Friday with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), asking for the rejection of the state's new voter identification law. The caucus, comprised of Democrats in the state Senate, argued that the law, which will require South Carolina ...[read more]
August 27, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
Spain's major political parties, the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the Popular Party (PP), reached an agreement on Friday to modify the country's constitution with provisions that will regulate the limits of the national deficit in order to avoid risks of debt crisis and a bailout. The ...[read more]
August 22, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday voted 33-4 to adopt a resolution ordering an investigation into crimes against humanity in Syria and urging the Syrian government once again to halt its violent crackdown against peaceful protesters. The UNHRC began a special session on Monday to ...[read more]
July 16, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday ordered the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy (DADT) to remain partially in place in order for the court to fully consider the issues concerning the policy's complete repeal. The order follows a motion made by the Obama administration on ...[read more]
July 16, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law on Thursday that will place restrictions on abortion by requiring that clinics warn women of the health hazards associated with the practice. Abortions in Russia are free at any licensed medical clinic, and the only restrictions on the practice since ...[read more]
June 11, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
UN officials expressed concern on Friday that the heightened rape cases in many war-torn nations indicate that rape is being used as a war weapon to terrorize citizens and cause them to flee because of fear. Recent concerns follow International Criminal Court (ICC) claims that Libyan leader ...[read more]
June 11, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed Almerfedi. After his capture in 2001 and detention at Guantanamo Bay, Almerfedi filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus which ...[read more]
May 28, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision confirming that Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Musa'ab Omar al-Madhwani is lawfully detained for being part of al Qaeda. Madhwani challenged the denial of 2004 petition for writ of habeas ...[read more]
May 28, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for the Yemeni government on Friday to crack down on deadly violence, expressing fear that the violence will push the country into a civil war. The OHCHR's concerns follow escalated violence that has claimed more than 100 ...[read more]
May 13, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday informed the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties about a recent visit by Sudanese President Omar-al Bashir to Djibouti for the inauguration of the country's president. The notice also served as a reminder to Djibouti that, as a ...[read more]

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