April 6, 2015
by William Helbling
An Indonesian court on Monday rejected the appeals of two Australians on death row for drug smuggling. The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are known leaders of the Bali Nine narcotics organization. They filed appeals after President Joko Widodo rejected their pleas to spare ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of Israel blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry had planned to extend the ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward, will become effective April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of The Guardian, deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were unlawful. The ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
An Indonesian court on Thursday delayed a hearing for two Australians that are known leaders of the Bali Nine narcotics organization. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are currently facing execution for drug smuggling charges, including heroin. Earlier this year an Indonesian court scheduled the ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494, requires parent or judicial permission for a ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani has not kept the promise he made after his 2013 election to ...[read more]
March 8, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Indonesian court has scheduled an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row for Thursday March 12th. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling organization, were granted the appeal despite President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency. ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]

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