March 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday urged all sides of conflict in Yemen to obey the rules of war, expressing concern over reports of civilian casualties following air strikes in the capital Sana'a and other parts of the country. The ICRC reminded all parties involved ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Frank v. Walker, allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, but reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Friday that a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services sued the state, claiming ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Syrian government air strikes on the northern city of al-Raqqa last November killed "dozens of civilians and injured many more," Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. Although it was revealed on two occasions in November that the Syrian forces had "attacked fighters affiliated to the armed ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for Egypt's Administrative Court on Tuesday suspended the country's upcoming parliamentary elections indefinitely after another court declared the election law's provision on voting districts unconstitutional. The decision by Judge Yahia Darouri was expected after the Supreme ...[read more]
March 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday ruled part of an election law unconstitutional, possibly delaying the upcoming parliamentary elections. The law was enacted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to set up voting districts, creating 567 new seats in parliament, of which 420 ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money ...[read more]

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