July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A group of UN human rights experts for the expressed their anger Monday after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 people. According to the UN, all of the defendants were alleged supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood. The experts noted ...[read more]
June 28, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Guantanamo detainee against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. According to the original complaint the plaintiff, Sami Abdulaziz Allaithi, was an Egyptian professor working in ...[read more]
June 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday urged Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan targeting ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ... The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government- ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2012 that the New York town's practice amounted to ...[read more]

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