May 23, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted after a vote of nine in favor and ...[read more]
May 23, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ex-president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 others to death for their involvement in a mass prison break in 2011. The prison break occurred during the country's 2011 uprising that ousted then-president Hosni Mubarak. Morsi was accused of conspiring with ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chinese prosecutors on Friday said that prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has officially been indicted on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He has already been detained for one year. A more severe charge of inciting divisions and a ...[read more]
May 9, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday announced the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said, would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as ...[read more]
May 9, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence that began ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there was "no clear evidence there would be ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ...[read more]

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