September 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
An Afghanistan court of appeals on Monday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. Two other defendants, out of the original group of seven defendants who allegedly stopped the victims' car while dressed as police officers, ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was released on bail Monday as he faces retrial for organizing an unauthorized protest. Abdel-Fattah's lawyer said his client was released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (USD $714) and that he and two other activists will leave prison ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Islamabad court on Monday ordered police to register a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other cabinet members for killings of protesters on August 31 in Islamabad's Red Zone. The FIR comes as a response to the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) ...[read more]
September 14, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Alaska on Friday ruled that a lawsuit claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited by the lower court. The plaintiffs in the case were six children who originally filed the ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday hosted an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other drugs by sea to Africa, ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge presiding over the case against radical Jordan cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday stated he was delaying the pending verdict for further examination of the case. According to Judge Ahmed al-QatarnehIt, a decision on the charges against Qatada will now be issued on September 24. Qatada is facing ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by William Helbling
Alliance Defending Attorneys (ADF) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a city of Pittsburgh ordinance that creates numerous protest-free zones. The ordinance specifically states that one may not "knowingly congregate, patrol, picket or demonstrate in a zone extending 15 feet from any entrance to ...[read more]

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