May 24, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Saturday signed into law a bill requiring some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The Population Control Health Care bill, passed by parliament last month, allows authorities the power to implement "birth-spacing" in areas with high ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Fukui District Court issued an injunction on Tuesday halting the restart of two nuclear reactors is Takahama, Japan. These reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power, met the basic safety guidelines set by Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) and were scheduled to re-open this year. ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The French Parliament on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter ...[read more]

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