March 31, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The legislative body of Maldives, the People's Majlis, amended the Prison and Parole Act on Monday to remove an inmate's right to membership in a political party. The measure is known as the Bill on Amendment to the Prison and Parole Act, Act No. 14/2013. Critics of the measure claim the law was ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly voted Tuesday to extend the term of President Salva Kiir by three years. This move follows the cancellation of elections that were to be held in June and the dissolution of negotiations to end the country's internal conflict. The talks between opposing ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1065 into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill, approved by the Senate last week, applies to qualified patients who have been ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that Alabama's redistricting plans did not improperly rely on race to determine voting districts. In a close 5-4 decision, the court found in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the decision of the US District Court for ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez on Thursday outlined the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Oregon House on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307, which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Senate needed 67 votes to override the veto, but the vote fell short with a final count of 62-37. The votes were cast along partisan lines, with all Senate Republicans and ...[read more]
February 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola on Thursday lauded Belgium's multi-disciplinary approach to combating modern slavery but encouraged the country to adopt stronger measures to raise public awareness of the problem and increase regulatory focus on proper victim detection and identification. In ...[read more]

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