November 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Top UN officials on Tuesday warned the world of the growing crisis of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and urged the international community to take action in helping the Iraqi government transition towards democracy. The UN officials provided a report assessing the on the ground violence committed by ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday gave his approval to a controversial bill that would make Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people. A ministerial debate is to occur on Sunday as well, during which the members will discuss whether the bill can codify Israel's definition as a ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's 2008 constitution following talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein, top army officials and opposition leadership, an official said Friday. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) seeks to alter part of the constitution ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, at the start of his retrial for breaking a law on demonstrations. Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting a ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to ...[read more]
September 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The Hong Kong police department on Friday cleared the main government compound of pro-democracy supporters who occupied the area in protest. It is reported that supporters were subdued with pepper spray and 60 arrests were made. The pro-democracy protesters and supporters are a part of an movement ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation ...[read more]

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