January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The state of Ohio, along with several universities, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The state claims that:the federal government has ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Egyptian government is failing to protect women's rights and end violence against women, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. AI reports that women and girls face violence in all aspects of life, including in public and at home. According to the group, public mob attacks have ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by William Helbling
Amnesty International (AI) on Sunday reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) took legal custody of former commander of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen in Central African Republic's capital Bangui last week. AI believes that transferring Ongwen to the ICC is a huge step to ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]

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