October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Speaking at the Geneva presentation of a report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Moving Away from the Death Penalty, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic urged the international abolition of the death penalty. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- ...[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]
October 7, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a number of UN officials on Thursday urged global leaders to abolish the death penalty. In in a presentation and accompanying report entitled "Moving Away from the Death Penalty," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated: ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the threat of jail ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights reported on Monday that the human rights of the most vulnerable people affected by climate change are threatened. The report, available for download on the IBA website, urges improved access to justice ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders?as well as those who may eventually come within them?for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction... ...[read more]

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