HUMAN RIGHTS
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Georgia same-sex marriage ban challenged
April 22, 2014
Gay rights group Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. The widow, who married her spouse in New York last year, is s....... [more]

South Sudan rebels engaged in ethnic killings: UN
April 21, 2014
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice president Riek Marchar reportedly sough....... [more]

Proposed Brazil anti-terrorism law sparks human rights concerns
April 20, 2014
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation i....... [more]

The US Says Landmines are Horrific?So Why Won't It Ban Them?
April 19, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the t....... [more]

China court sentences anti-corruption activists to jail
April 18, 2014
A Chinese court on Friday convicted activists with ties to the New Citizens Movement on the grounds of gathering a mob to disturb the public. The New Citizens Movement is a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of public concern, including equal access to education and di....... [more]

UN rights group calls for North Korea to be prosecuted before ICC
April 18, 2014
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result o....... [more]

Human rights groups urge Nepal to reject amnesty legislation
April 17, 2014
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the bil....... [more]

Saudi Arabia detains prominent human rights lawyer
April 17, 2014
Notable human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was was taken into custody in Saudi Arabia Tuesday after a hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Abu al-Khair, founder and chief of the human rights group Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, faces charges that include inciting public o....... [more]

Council of Europe: continent facing worst human rights crisis since Cold War
April 17, 2014
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the pr....... [more]

UN report finds rights violations in Ukraine
April 16, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the un....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlement of West Bank building
April 16, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arb....... [more]




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