August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
August 18, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday issued an executive order authorizing the Missouri National Guard to provide assistance in the city of Ferguson following a period of civil unrest that prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. The order was issued in an effort to ...[read more]
August 17, 2014
by William Helbling
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and ordering a curfew in the city of Ferguson. The order is an effort to protect the public peace within the city after protesters took to the streets to speak out against the shooting of Michael ...[read more]
August 15, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing ...[read more]
August 15, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) filed an appeal in federal court on Thursday to challenge a June ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office that found the team name "Redskins" is "disparaging of Native Americans." The team ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Two senior UN officials on Wednesday strongly condemned sexual violence by Islamic State (IS) militants against minorities in areas under their control. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting in national or European ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
German federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Zdravko Musac, former head of the Yugoslavia secret service, with complicity in the 1983 murder of expatriate Yugoslav political dissident Stjepan Durekovic near Munich. Musac, now 72 years old, was extradited to Germany from Croatia in April for ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern Tuesday over the latest political developments, calling on the country's political leaders to respect the president's constitutional responsibilities. He also called on security forces to avoid ...[read more]

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