11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria.
11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria
10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners
10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states.
Many ...[read more]
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the motion to intervene on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed upon the rights of Californians under the ...[read more]
A group of California gun dealers filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging a state law that limits their right to advertise. According to California Penal Code section 26820 it is unlawful for a gun dealer to display an advertisement outside of its store windows. The gun dealers argue ...[read more]
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday released a joint recommendation on the obligations of states towards the prevention and elimination of the harmful practices inflicted upon women and girls. This ...[read more]
Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a regular review process, which all UN member states undergo. ...[read more]
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]