March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. the court heard arguments on whether the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when a state motor ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Greece's Hellenic Parliament passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Greece's new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech before the Greek parliament stated that country's civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples. In 2013 the ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
January 25, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday accused a Cambodia leader of human rights abuse, reporting that the commander of the nation's gendarmerie admitted to using force against opposing individuals such as anti-government demonstrators and protesters. General Sao Sohka, leader of the gendarmerie and ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, however, notes ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state ...[read more]
November 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a speech before parliament Friday stated that France would recognize a Palestinian state if international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fails. The French Parliament will hold a symbolic vote on December 2nd on whether the government ...[read more]

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