December 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison. The lawsuit comes after an August report by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage inmates at the facility. ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill infringes on human rights. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron to Parliament last Wednesday, proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the UK for suspicion of involvement in ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex... ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the UN and donating countries to press Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip. HRW claims that the restrictions are "disproportionate to security considerations" and "unnecessarily harm people's access ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]

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