CIVIL RIGHTS
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Supreme Court to rule in voter equality case
May 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule in a major voter equality case, noting jurisdiction in Evenwel v. Abbott. The question presented is: "whether the 'one-person, one-vote' principle of the Fourteenth Amendment creates a judicially enforceable right ensuring that the districting process doe....... [more]

Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by national referendum
May 23, 2015
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from criminalizing....... [more]

Louisiana governor issues executive order after religious objections bill defeated
May 21, 2015
Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal. A House legal committee voted 10-2 to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in 2016, Jin....... [more]

Virgin Islands top court permits second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples
May 21, 2015
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner file....... [more]

UN council reviews US human rights record
May 11, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended th....... [more]

US Attorney General announces investigation into Baltimore police
May 9, 2015
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday announced the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said, would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as excessiv....... [more]

UN rights expert calls former Maldives president's trial 'vastly unfair'
May 2, 2015
A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona Rishmawi....... [more]

DC reproductive health non-discrimination law to take effect despite House opposition
May 2, 2015
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ti....... [more]

UN Women introduces policy agenda for gender equality
May 1, 2015
UN Women on Monday released Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, the gender-equality organization's flagship report on the status of women around the world. The report "proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors, including gender equality adv....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on EEOC conciliation duty
April 29, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that courts have authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has fulfilled its duty under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to attempt conciliation. Additionally, the court ruled that the appropriate scope of judicial....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage
April 28, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question before the court was "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a m....... [more]




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