May 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for processing the belongings of ...[read more]
May 10, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Illinois supreme court on Friday overturned the 2013 Illinois Pension Law that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five state-funded retirement ...[read more]
May 9, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen who was captured by ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there was "no clear evidence there would be ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
UN Women on Monday released Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, the gender-equality organization's flagship report on the status of women around the world. The report "proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors, including gender equality ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, ...[read more]

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