November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
US President Barrack Obama on Thursday announced execution action on immigration that would allow 4.7 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the US. The reform allows immigrants that have been in the US for more than five years or have children who are citizens to register and pass a criminal ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) issued a report on Tuesday discussing the "unprecedented clampdown on dissent" in the United Arab Emirates since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms. This report details some of the tactics widely used by ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The Qatar government on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced the initiative by stating, "e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged accountability for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time a huge reform ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Cabinet of Israel approved a new law Sunday enabling easier conversion to Judaism. Under the new law, the chief rabbi of each Israeli city would be able to form and lead a conversion court governed by rules to be promulgated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Prior to the newly passed ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
09/22/2014: IBA urged reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights 09/17/2014: Report proposed recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests 06/08/2014: UN called for protection of the oceans on World Oceans Day 06/02/2014: ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were ...[read more]

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