January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia, the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of the Obama administration to ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news ...[read more]
November 12, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday elected 18 countries, including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA members were elected to serve: Argentina, ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The Supreme Court of Estonia ruled Thursday that the treaty to establish the euro area's permanent rescue fund does not offend the Estonian constitution. The court, sitting en banc, held that a restriction on the financial authority on the Riigikogu, Estonia's parliament, imposed by the Treaty ...[read more]
June 26, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 26, 2009, former Croatian Serb wartime leader Milan Martic was transferred to Estonia to serve a 35-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war in Croatia. Martic was the leader of the self-proclaimed "Republic of Sebian Krajina" — a unified ...[read more]
March 25, 2011
by Drew Singer
A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea, reports on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in prison. Three of the hijackers were stateless, while the other ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 16, 2003, the 2003 Treaty of Accession was signed by 10 countries, admitting them for European Union (EU) ascension. After Malta and Cyprus, eight of the ten new EU nations (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) were former communist ...[read more]
March 3, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On March 3, 1918, the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire) signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the communist government of Russia, ending Russian involvement in World War I. The treaty furthermore opened independence for Finland, Estonia, Latvia, ...[read more]
December 30, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On December 30, 1922, representatives of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Transcaucus approved the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR, creating the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). During World War II, the USSR would also annex Latvia, ...[read more]

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