March 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday ruled part of an election law unconstitutional, possibly delaying the upcoming parliamentary elections. The law was enacted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to set up voting districts, creating 567 new seats in parliament, of which 420 ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Advocacy groups, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), are teaming up with various Central African groups to form a coalition urging the Central African Republic's (CAR) transitional parliament to adopt a Special Criminal Court in order to expedite justice for victims of atrocities within the country. ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Addison Morris
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday voted to dismiss General Prosecutor Vitaliy Yarema from office for his failure to bring reform and justice in light of last year's revolution. The proposal stemmed from President Petro Poroshenko and received 291 votes. Significant government reform is one of ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Greece's new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech before the Greek parliament stated that country's civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples. In 2013 the ...[read more]
February 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Yemen to reinstate President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Jamal Benomar, the Special Advisor on Yemen, met with leaders of the rebel group known as Al Houthis in Sana'a. Six Arab nations, including Saudia Arabia, Egypt and the UAE have criticized the ...[read more]

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