January 23, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday signed into law anti-terrorism legislation that will establish military courts for the hearing of civilian terrorism related cases. The president's signature comes one day after the Pakistan National Assembly passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that will enable military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism government efforts in the wake of the school massacre by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) last month in Peshawar. The Pakistan National ...[read more]
December 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison. The lawsuit comes after an August report by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage inmates at the facility. ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill infringes on human rights. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron to Parliament last Wednesday, proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the UK for suspicion of involvement in ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex... ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]

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