On Saturday, the US Senate held the final confirmation vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 51-48 and was along party lines. According to a tweet from President Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh is set to be sworn in late Saturday evening. The confirmation vote comes after the US Senate [...]
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding the sexual assault allegations made by Blasey Ford earlier this month. In her opening statement , Blasey Ford said: My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have [...]
The EU Parliament approved a controversial new copyright directive on Wednesday that could force sites like Google and Facebook to install filters to prevent copyrighted material from being uploaded. The final vote was 438 in favor and 226 against. The main controversy stems from Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 has allowed authors to have their [...]
The recent prosecutions of journalists in Myanmar have had the effect of self-censorship , according to a UN report released Tuesday examining freedom of the press in Myanmar. The report dissects the freedom of the press in Myanmar since the National League for Democracy (NLD) came into power and the effects it has had on [...]
The Supreme Court of India on Thursday decriminalized consensual sex with members of the same sex by ruling that part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code violated fundamental rights. Section 377 was introduced in 1861 during British rule of India and criminalized sexual activities with same sex partners as “unnatural offences.” The Supreme Court [...]
A Myanmar judge sentenced two Reuters journalists on Monday to seven years in jail for breaching a law on state secrets. A judge found that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo breached the Official Secrets Act by obtaining confidential documents. The journalists were arrested on December 12, 2017, while investigating military operations in northern Rakhine [...]
Amnesty International called Tuesday for the release of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, detained since June, and her husband Reza Khandan, who was arrested Tuesday. Reza Khandan was charged by Tehran’s Office of the Prosecutor with spreading propaganda against the system, colluding to commit crimes against national security, and promoting the practice of appearing [...]
In his speech marking the 25th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “human rights all around the world are no longer a priority to countries.” His speech was given to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action , adopted on [...]
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance Saturday that modifies the Indian Penal Code to allow for the death penalty to be imposed on anyone who rapes a child under 12 years of age. Allowing the death penalty...
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and left in place the 14-year sentence imposed by Judge James Zagel of the US District Court for...