Sharareh Abdolhoseinzadeh is a law student and a PhD in Political Sociology. She files this from Tehran. 
A few days ago, the Iranian Parliament approved a plan that, if approved by the Guardian Council of the Constitution, would destroy the limited independence of the hundred-year-old Iranian Bar Association. According to this resolution, lawyers’ associations will

Following a months-long blockade that culminated in violent attacks by Azerbaijani forces, the government of the predominantly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh announced Thursday it would disband, effective immediately.
“The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh … ceases to exist,” the separatist republic — referred to in Armenian as Artsakh — stated via its official information channel on

North Korea expelled US soldier Travis King on Wednesday, 2 months after he crossed into its territory from South Korea. KCNA, North Korea’s state media, announced that North Korea expelled King after state officials completed their investigation into him.
According to KCNA, state officials concluded that King entered North Korean territory illegally after being “disillusioned”

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous Tuesday called for the UN Security Council (UNSC) to intervene in the Afghan women’s rights crisis. In a speech before the council, Bahous noted the deterioration of women’s rights in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.
Bahous made three recommendations to the UNSC including convening a dedicated session on the role

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed more than 20 bills into law concerning guns on Tuesday. The new laws cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, an increase in taxes, requirements for gun dealers, waiting periods, criminal penalties, individuals prohibited from owning firearms and safety materials.
Specifically, Assembly Bill (AB) 1598 requires a

A New York judge found on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump and his business associates committed fraud by lying about the financial valuation of various business assets from as early as 2011. In doing so, Judge Arthur Engoron granted New York Attorney General Letitia James’ motion for partial summary judgment and effectively ordered the