April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
An analysis by Human Rights Watch (HRW) of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed a bill that bans all forms of dismemberment abortion unless necessary to protect the life or health of the mother. The bill was approved by the Kansas legislature near the end of March. Kansas is the first state to ban this type of procedure, ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 vote. If ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]

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