March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti- ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the ...[read more]

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