February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
South Sudan government forces are recruiting child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW). A UN report has documented the use of more than 561 child soldiers since the beginning of the conflict. Daniel Bekele, the Africa director at HRW, stated that government forces are taking children from right ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Girls have been attacked in at least 70 countries for seeking education, according to a new UN report released Monday. The report states, "he educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. She was ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday upheld the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to ...[read more]
November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Cambodian government on Wednesday released the findings of a survey showing the magnitude of violence against children throughout the country. Cambodia's Violence Against Children Survey, the first survey of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, was conducted in 2013 by the National ...[read more]

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