May 24, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Russian President Vladmir Putin signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chinese prosecutors on Friday said that prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has officially been indicted on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He has already been detained for one year. A more severe charge of inciting divisions and a ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Glossip v. Gross the court heard arguments on whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the director of ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of State (DOS) released a statement Thursday condemning the imprisonment of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and calling for his release. Aliyev was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and a three-year ban from holding public office for on charges of illegal ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of US citizens still in Yemen against the US State Department and the Department of Defense for allegedly failing to launch an evacuation plan. The rights ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
US District Judge Jon Tigar for the Northern District of California issued a decision on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners alleging that the state and prison officials had failed to adequately accommodate the prisoners' heightened communication needs. The complaint, filed in the US District ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Department of Justice on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse the injunction blocking the president's immigration executive action. The government is challenging the preliminary injunction issued last month that placed a hold on the executive action that ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek shipping company ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow employees time off for certain ...[read more]

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