July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
July 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not ...[read more]
July 28, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday issued a report documenting what it refers to as "the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine" and calling for greater care to prevent civilian casualties in the region. While issuing a news ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has ...[read more]
July 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The European Court of Human Rights handed down two rulings finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday reported that the ...[read more]
July 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected ...[read more]
July 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal, punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking ...[read more]
July 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas ...[read more]
July 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples ...[read more]

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