December 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A UN rights expert on Wednesday called for a legally binding agreement at the national level in order to fight violence against women in member states and hold violators accountable. Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo urged the international community to take action, ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war with Pakistan. Bergman wrote in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those killed or raped ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Nebraska and the Nebraska law firm Koenig| Dunne on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska, was drafted in... ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday urged that the newly approved plan to resolve Detroit's bankruptcy be implemented as soon as possible. The plan, which was approved on Friday by US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, will cut seven of the city's 18 ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Alabama voters on Tuesday passed Foreign Laws in Court Amendment One, a ballot measure that prohibits the use of foreign law to make decisions in Alabama courts. The amendment will be added to the state's constitution after a legislative committee determines where it will best fit and how it ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105, a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed. Supporters of ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven ...[read more]

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