October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced Monday a targeted review of the nation's legislation "in relation to foreign terrorist fighters." The four-week review will be led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and, according to Key, "is likely to recommend that some urgent ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual ...[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]
October 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The United States on Saturday urged the South Sudan government to participate in a consultation process throughout the phases of government relating to drafting legislation, regulations, and controlling the national security service. It is reported that the current drafting of a controversial ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Pennsylvania State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legalize several forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 1182, proposed by state senator Daylin Leach, passed with strong support 43-7 and will now proceed to the State House of Representatives. The bill calls for the creation... ...[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 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School compares and contrasts executive powers under the transitional constitutions of South Sudan and Somalia ...The veto power of the executive over legislation creates certain political and legal tensions in newly ...[read more]

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