May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Tibble v. Edison International that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary duty claim over investments does not necessarily run from initial selection of investments. The fiduciaries in this case ...[read more]
May 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for processing the belongings of ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save her life and ...[read more]
May 6, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a website on Tuesday aimed at disproving the myths of albinism, the rare condition which is still misunderstood both socially and medically. Albinism affects from one in 5,000 to one in 15,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa, ...[read more]
May 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
UN Women on Monday released Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, the gender-equality organization's flagship report on the status of women around the world. The report "proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors, including gender equality ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA, Robin Stransham- ...[read more]

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