September 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Bangladesh Parliament on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to the nation's constitution granting the parliament authority to impeach Supreme Court justices. The amendment, backed by the ruling Awami League, faced heavy criticism from judges who viewed the change as an attempt by the ...[read more]
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 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, was detained by Chinese authorities Sunday morning for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the 81-year-old writer was " ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian court Monday sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison and 14 others to 25 years in prison for murder and inciting violence. The case against Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, stems from violence that broke out in the Giza ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Missouri Legislature passed new abortion restrictions over the veto of Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday. Under the new requirement woman in Missouri must wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion, and the requirement does not grant an exception for instances of rape and ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect ...[read more]
September 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster ...[read more]
September 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A group of East African and South Sudanese rights group submitted a petition Wednesday to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) calling for an immediate comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. IGAD, which is made up of eight East African nations including Kenya, Ethiopia and ...[read more]

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