November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday provided criticized the recent Singapore Supreme Court ruling to uphold a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men. The OHCHR stated that this particular criminal law prosecuting same-sex couples " ...[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]
October 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Texas judge has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging the state's voter ID law, claiming that it violates the Texas Constitution. The law, which requires the showing of a photo ID in order to vote in elections, attempts to prevent voter fraud, while... ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Shurat HaDin of the Israel Law Center announced on Wednesday that they have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. The request claims Mashaal is criminally liable for the ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Amnesty International (AI) called on Nepalese authorities to bring justice to the individuals responsible for the disappearance of the "Dhanusha Five" during the armed conflict in Nepal between 1996-2006. The report notes more than 1,300 people are believed to have disappeared during the conflict, ...[read more]

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