January 20, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Security Council on Monday condemned attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children where ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined El Salvador in a ceremony Friday commemorating the twenty-third anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords. The accords, signed on January 16, 1992, marked the conclusion of more than a decade of civil war in El Salvador. The Salvadoran ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Congolese authorities to bring to justice those who commanded rebel troops to commit killings, rapes, mutilations and child abductions across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). HRW pointed specifically to the fact that Mai Mai militia leader Ntabo ...[read more]
December 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The High Court of Ireland on Friday ruled that a doctor can switch off the life support of a brain dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant. The judgment made by the panel of judges challenges the Irish Constitution in regards to the separate rights between a mother and her unborn child. Responding to ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Kyle Webster
The extent to which the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant employee is the subject of Young v. United Postal Service. The case began in 2006, when Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, became pregnant. Her doctor advised her that she should not be lifting ...[read more]
December 18, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from the Retten i Kolding ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Shaun Hiller, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the seventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hiller discusses the invocation of silence and the role that it could play ...[read more]
November 30, 2014
by William Helbling
A Qatar appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple who faced charges of parental neglect after their adopted daughter passed away. Matthew and Grace Huang's daughter was eight years old and was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana. The daughter's cause of death reported by Qatar's Council of ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by William Helbling
Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) on Thursday issued a report addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday released a joint recommendation on the obligations of states towards the prevention and elimination of the harmful practices inflicted upon women and girls. This ...[read more]

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