January 1, 2014
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an emergency temporary injunction on Tuesday blocking the enforcement of the contraception mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against the religious group Little Sisters For the Poor. Little Sisters filed a motion for ...[read more]
January 1, 2014
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A federal judge on Tuesday approved the release of former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart after the director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) filed a motion requesting her sentence be adjusted to time-served. Judge John G. Koeltl granted the motion after it was filed Tuesday, finding that Stewart' ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, ...[read more]
July 17, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied a motion by Guantanamo Bay detainees to end forced feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. The petitioners maintained that the practice was cruel and that it would interfere with their religious practices during the ...[read more]
April 11, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Amnesty International on Thursday called on the Ukrainian government to investigate police abuses and strengthen mechanisms to hold police accountable for brutality and torture. In a report, AI alleged that reports of police abuse and torture have been widely ignored. The rights group encouraged ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A court in Zimbabwe on Wednesday refused to grant bail to a prominent human rights lawyer who is charged with obstruction of justice. The court denied bail to Beatrice Mtetwa after prosecutors argued that she may be a flight risk because she is a citizen of Swaziland. Mtetwa is accused of ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate ongoing human rights violations in North Korea. The resolution was unanimously passed during the 22nd Regular Session of the council. The council voted to establish the ...[read more]
March 7, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday agreed to delay the trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his co-defendant Francis Muthaura until July 9. The two men are currently facing charges of crimes against humanity. Kenyatta is currently leading the vote count in ...[read more]
March 7, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A former Colombian lawmaker was found guilty on Wednesday for his involvement in a 1988 massacre that killed 43 people. Cesar Perez was convicted for allegedly financing the attack, which was reportedly carried out for political purposes. Negro Vladamir, one of the leaders of the attack, accused ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Spanish Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city ban on wearing veils over the face in municipal buildings, finding that the law infringes on religious freedom. The city of Lleida, in Catalonia, was the first Spanish city to impose such a ban, but only about 3 percent of its population is ...[read more]

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