May 9, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday announced the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said, would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that courts have authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has fulfilled its duty under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to attempt conciliation. Additionally, the court ruled that the appropriate scope of ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each other's ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released a report entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and torture committed by ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Thursday praised Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday released its observational findings on human rights abuses in Russia, concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners alleging that the state and prison officials had failed to adequately accommodate the prisoners' heightened communication needs. The complaint, filed in the US District ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Eight rights groups on Monday expressed concern over a plan by Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ochato ease the Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914) and replace it with Section 44 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), BE 2557 (2014). The organizations, including the Thai ...[read more]

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