April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Mexican Congress approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Pea Nieto posted on ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged combatants in the current conflict in Yemen to report attacks resulting in civilian casualties so that they can be investigated and international human rights law can be upheld. The High Commissioner expressed deep ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, " ...[read more]
April 11, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Idaho State Legislature on Friday voted to kill legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal guidelines on the collection of child support. Legislators were concerned that the bill would force Idaho to enforce child support rulings made in foreign tribunals, ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law, known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The act ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released a report entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures showing bullet wounds to the heads and ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
JURIST was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2015. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Addison Morris
A coalition of human rights groups on Tuesday urged Venezuelan authorities to stop intimidating and harassing human rights organizations. According to the groups, the government has employed tactics intended to discredit and undermine the legitimacy of 28 international and Latin American human ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday strongly condemned the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels nor the Libyan ...[read more]

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