March 27, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Greece's Hellenic Parliament passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Cambodia's Parliament on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in an ...[read more]
March 7, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Germany's lower house of parliament passed legislation on Friday requiring large companies to allocate 30 percent of non-executive board seats to women, after a survey found that women remain grossly under represented in big business. The survey found that the chief executives of Germany's largest ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Slovenian Parliament passed legislation granting same-sex marriage and adoption rights Tuesday amid public opposition from conservative and religious groups. Although thousands of people from conservative groups and the Catholic Church rallied to oppose the lawmakers' action, the legislation ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students ...[read more]
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]

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