November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it restricts freedom of religion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of UCC reverends and same-sex ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Council of Europe released Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Twenty-seven member states of the United Nations (UN) released a joint statement expressing concern about the escalating violence in Egypt. The statement stresses the UN's concern for Egypt's restrictions on the freedom to peaceably assembly, expression and association. The declaration states ...[read more]
January 29, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, on Monday praised Rwandan authorities' accomplishments in developing infrastructure and ensuring stability and security since the nation's 1994 genocide. The independent expert recently traveled to ...[read more]
December 1, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Ukrainian demonstrators gathered in the streets of Kiev Saturday to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to abandon the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, a planned trade pact with the EU. According to media reports the Berkut riot police responded to the demonstration with force to ...[read more]
September 4, 2013
by Max Slater
Fiji's draft constitution does not adequately protect basic human rights, Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also released a statement on Wednesday calling on Fiji to revise its draft constitution to include protections for freedom of speech, assembly and ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Addison Morris
Three UN independent human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Zimbabwe to respect international human rights including privacy and freedom of association, in light of growing hostility toward civil society organizations. In the weeks leading up to the country's March 16 ...[read more]
January 24, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai on Wednesday urged the UK to review certain legal and policing policies that negatively affect the right to peaceably assemble. The statement came at the end of a 10-day visit to the UK where Kiai ...[read more]

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