January 5, 2014
by Lauren Laing
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed an appeal to a federal district court ruling that held that the National Security Agency (NSA) program of collecting phone call data is likely unconstitutional. In December Judge Richard Leon granted in part the plaintiffs' motion for a ...[read more]
January 5, 2014
by Lauren Laing
The respondents challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday filed a brief with the US Supreme Court opposing the state's request to stay the district court's ruling striking down the ban pending appeal. The respondents argue that the state must meet an "especially high burden," because ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
UN human rights experts on Monday called on the Iraqi government to provide information on seven residents of Camp Ashraf who were allegedly abducted in September amidst an attack that left 52 people dead. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances demanded that the Iraqi ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Two UN human rights experts on Monday urged the Bangladesh government to halt the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah, based on concerns that he did not receive a fair trial. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh sentenced Mollah to death without appeal in ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Beijing prosecutors on Monday said that they received from police a letter of recommendation to bring charges against Xu Zhiyong for disrupting public order. Xu was arrested in August for organizing demonstrations and campaigning for Chinese officials to reveal their wealth, in an attempt to ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
A Kuwaiti court on Monday acquitted 70 opposition members of charges related to the 2011 storming of the parliament. At least nine of the acquitted were former members of parliament. The 2011 demonstrations over allegations of high-level corruption prompted Kuwaiti authorities to tighten security ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Two men who served as revolutionary symbols during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution were referred to trial on Thursday for charges of participating in an illegal protest and allegedly assaulting policemen. The first hearing for the two men, Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher, will be held on Sunday. Douma ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday announced that it transferred two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the government of their native Algeria. Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred to Algerian custody despite their claims that they would likely face ...[read more]
December 3, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a federal law that prohibits corporate and campaign advertising on public radio and television. In a 9-2 ruling the court held that such advertisements threatened the educational missions of public media, and that the government has a ...[read more]
December 3, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The High Court of Australia on Tuesday decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in Canberra. The nation's first same sex weddings can take place this weekend. The law was passed by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in October and was challenged the following ...[read more]

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