October 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Lawmakers in South Sudan on Wednesday passed a controversial bill that gives security forces the right to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant. The bill was passed into law in its fourth reading after a three-hour debate. The leader of the minority Sudan People's Liberation Movement- ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep moving, a ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was released on bail Monday as he faces retrial for organizing an unauthorized protest. Abdel-Fattah's lawyer said his client was released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (USD $714) and that he and two other activists will leave prison ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday dismissed the murder case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban for lack of jurisdiction. Abhisit and Suthep are charged with premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the Thai military ...[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]
July 31, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in ...[read more]

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