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]
May 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Tunisian National Constituent Assembly passed a new law enacting sweeping electoral reforms. The passage of the law allows authorities to set the country's first election since the ouster of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The law allows members of Ben Ali's political party to run ...[read more]
April 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, issued a statement on Monday expressing concern that the Cambodian National Assembly went forward with its second session without the representative MPs of the opposition taking up their seats. Subedi urged the ...[read more]
March 30, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Cuba's National Assembly approved a law on Saturday that provides tax breaks and other incentives to attract foreign investors to grow business in the communist economy of Cuba. The Assembly voted unanimously in a special session to approve the law, which becomes valid within the next 90 days. The ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Emily Osgood
JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote "yes" or "no" for ...[read more]
February 17, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party in South Korea's National Assembly, was arrested in September on charges that he discussed strikes on ...[read more]
January 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Tunisian members of parliament rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country on Saturday as they voted to establish a new constitution. The Islamist-led party and secular parties overcame intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Kyle Webster
Recently, the Boeing Company and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underwent a controversial legal battle that eventually resulted in the NLRB dropping the case in 2011. The charge against Boeing, a corporation that designs, manufactures and sells aircraft internationally, was led by Lafe ...[read more]

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