November 25, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, ...[read more]
April 3, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
Two UN human rights experts were critical of the Hungarian Parliament on Wednesday for passing an amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law that criminalizes homelessness. Hungary is estimated to currently have 30,000 homeless individuals. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human ...[read more]
October 27, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday rejected a request to expedite briefing on a challenge to voter ID advertisements. The plaintiffs, which include civil rights groups such as the League of Women Voters (LWV), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Tashbook of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Rhode Island's new Homeless Bill of Rights provides an improved set of standards for how states should treat their indigent citizens...Legislatures can't force people to be kind to each other, but they ...[read more]
June 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that is designed to affirm the rights of homeless individuals and prevent discrimination. The "Homeless Bill of Rights" was passed to ensure that "no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination based on his or her ...[read more]
April 14, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 14, 2006, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a Los Angeles ordinance subjecting the homeless to arrest if they are caught "sitting, lying or sleeping on public sidewalks" violated the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment found in the Eighth Amendment of ...[read more]

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