April 17, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported the conviction of leading human rights activist Rasul Jafarov by a court in Azerbaijan Thursday and called for his immediate release. HRW criticized the arrest and conviction as a government initiative to silence political critics. As the founder and chair of ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom of conscience and ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Protests erupted in more than 30 cities in Spain on Saturday due to a new public security law that criminalizes certain types of social protests and demonstrations. Protests took place in both large and small cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Almeria and Valencia. Some protesters wore tape on ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Shaun Hiller, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the seventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hiller discusses the invocation of silence and the role that it could play ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Valerie Howell
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
An independent UN human rights expert said Tuesday that Cambodia's government is manipulating the judiciary to silence opposition. The Special Rapporteur in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, emphasized recent arrests followed by mass convictions for a July 15 ant-igovernment demonstration highlight a ...[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]
October 28, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Kelsey, of George Mason University School of Law, discusses the Supreme Court's recent actions on same-sex marriage ...The Constitution provides no citizen of any gender or orientation a Constitutional right to marriage. The Constitution is silent on the issue of ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received ...[read more]

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