Monthly Archives: January 2018

HRW urges Sudan to release peaceful demonstrators

Human Rights Watch (HRW)  urged  the Sudanese government on Monday to immediately release peaceful protesters from detention or grant them full due process. The demonstrators were arrested while protesting Sudan’s 2018 budget, which triples the US dollar exchange rate of Sudan’s currency and increases prices. Authorities

Senate defeats 20-week abortion ban

The US Senate voted 51-46 [roll call] on Monday, stopping the advancement of a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The House approved  the bill in October in a 237-189 vote. The bill, entitled the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act, was sponsored by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham . The

Federal judge blocks Texas fetal burial law

Federal Judge David Ezra of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas  on Monday temporarily blocked  a Texas law requiring health facilitates and abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. A stay on this law had been extended by the court in January 2017 until

Ireland approves May/June referendum on abortion

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Monday announcedhis Cabinet’s approval to hold a referendum on abortion in late May or early June stating the exact date will become clear after a debate and vote in the Dáil and Seanad of the Oireachtas . Expressing his confidence in meeting the timeline, Varadkar

UK appeals court declares mass surveillance unlawful

The UK Court of Appeal on Tuesday invalidated  mass surveillance as part of legislation that was passed in 2016. The legislation, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA), was passed initially as an emergency provision in 2014. After the legislation expired, it was expanded by

HRW criticizes Sri Lanka for not repealing Prevention of Terrorism Act

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized [press release] the government of Sri Lanka on Monday for not repealing its “Draconian” counterterrorism law. HRW accused the government of using the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) [text] to arbitrarily detain and torture suspects. Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director, said, “[t]he Sri Lankan

France court overturns ban on breeding whales in captivity

France’s highest administrative court on Monday reversed the ban on breeding killer whales and dolphins in captivity. The Council of State’s decision to annul the ministerial decree comes less than a year after it was signed. They cited irregularities in the consultation process as their reason for