March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The New Mexico legislature on Saturday passed a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's property without charging that person for ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances published a report Friday detailing concluding observations on the large number of recent disappearances in Mexico. The report indicated that authorities are often involved in enforcing the disappearances of its citizens, most notably in the case of the ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Amnesty International (AI) released a statement on Friday urging the Mexican government to adhere to UN recommendations on how to investigate the disappearances of 22,600 of its citizens. Half of the counted disappearances occurred between 2012 and 2014, and include the disappearance of Ayotzinapa ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Mexican officials issued final findings Tuesday into the disappearance of 43 students with Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announcing at a press conference that the students were killed after being seized by police in southern Guerrero state. The investigation has led to the arrest of nearly ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Mexican authorities have arrested a hit man for the Guerreros Unidos gang in connection with disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero. The Mexican government believes the students were killed by the Guerreros Unidos ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday criticized the government of Mexico for their "failed" investigation of the army in the "enforced disappearance" of 43 students on September 26, claiming that it was incomplete and insufficient, after DNA collected from a mass grave of burned bodies proved ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday implored US President Barack Obama to press Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on human rights concerns during his upcoming meeting with the leader. The letter detailed egregious human rights accusations such as the disappearance of 43 students and the killing ...[read more]

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