May 5, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2012 that the New York town's practice amounted to ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) released a report Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating ...[read more]
April 4, 2014
by Addison Morris
Amnesty International (AI) released a report on Thursday detailing a long-standing culture of impunity, racism and excessive force within the Greek police system. The report documents unlawful practices and human rights violations of the country's law enforcement and cites as key issues the ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
International medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Tuesday condemned the unsanitary detention conditions of migrants found in Greece without correct paperwork. The report expressed concern over detention facilities where migrants are kept in large numbers in cramped, unsanitary conditions ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
The Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, on Monday ruled that the country's wage cuts for police, military and firefighters as part of its austerity measures are unconstitutional. The Greek government was required to make certain cuts as a condition of its international bailout ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Michael Roberts
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Neil Devlin
On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by G. Redd
Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment bars the US government from making any law regarding the establishment of religion. Traditionally, the Establishment Clause has been seen as forbidding the government from establishing a national religion as well as prohibiting any preferential ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil unions under Greek law is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court held that the ban violates Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life) and ...[read more]

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