September 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday celebrated the 150th ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as Guyana became the latest country ratify the document. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Bangladesh officials on Monday approved the Child Marriage Prevention Act of 2014, a law that sets a two year jail term for any person who marries a girl under the age of 18. The law, which was approved during a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, sets the minimum age ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged the Philippines Congress to enact a draft law that would create an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country. The law is to serve an important role in the peace talks between the government and Muslim rebels, which are meant to end a ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the agreement is a demonstration of how the two countries have been able to work together ...[read more]
September 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The United Nations top advocate for children affected by war on Monday expressed concern about the expansion of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq and the increase in violations against children there. During her address to the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) special session on Iraq, ...[read more]
September 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect on Monday. The measure requires doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, allowing for clinics ...[read more]

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