October 24, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War ...[read more]
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 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 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy, it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by ...[read more]
October 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered a status conference for October 7 and 8 in the case of The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to attend with over 150 members of the Kenyan Parliament. The hearings will be held to discuss the ...[read more]
October 4, 2014
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to veto a series of amendments that would severely limit the freedom of the media. The new amendments seek to limit foreign involvement in Russian media by prohibiting any foreign entity from owning more than 20 percent of a ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Monday signed into law the 16th Amendment to the nation's Constitution granting Parliament the ability to impeach Supreme Court justices. The signing of the 16th Amendment has been condemned by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who had requested to ...[read more]
September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the ...[read more]

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