June 16, 2014
by William Hibbitts
UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep alarm on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a ...[read more]
May 1, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday stated that the power struggle between Sudanese president Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar is pushing the nation towards "catastrophe." While visiting South Sudan to investigate recent mass killings throughout the country, ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by William Helbling
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the ...[read more]
October 7, 2013
by Addison Morris
Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were ...[read more]
March 19, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Ken E. Norman of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law draws a comparison between the notion of free speech in the United States with the Supreme Court of Canada's recent ruling upholding a prohibition on hate speech ... The last two days in February witnessed ...[read more]
March 9, 2013
by Max Slater
The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled on Wednesday that certain offensive statements regarding another individual's sexual orientation are not protected under the nation's freedom of expression laws. In a 3-2 decision the Mexican high court held that two derogatory words used in Mexico to describe ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that limitations on free speech with regards to hate speech are constitutionally valid. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every Canadian is entitled to "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Félix Tréguer, Policy and Legal Analyst at La Quadrature du Net says that waging a "judicial guerilla war" in France on "hateful" Internet content unduly stifles free speech...The ghost of Yahoo v. LICRA has come back to haunt us. In 2000, after a criminal lawsuit wa... ...[read more]
November 6, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A UN independent expert on Monday urged countries to combat hate speech on the Internet, while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. Special Rapporteur on Racism, Mutuma Ruteere told the General Assembly that an increase of hate websites inciting racial violence necessitates action. ...[read more]
September 12, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 12, 2011, a South Africa court found the African National Congress (ANC) president, Julius Malema, guilty of hate speech for singing a protest song. The song referred to farmers and whites in general, although Malema claimed that the words were not meant to be taken literally, but ...[read more]

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