March 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday in a pair of consolidated cases involving a dispute over federal bankruptcy laws brought by Bank of America (BOA). The cases, Bank of America, NA v. Caulkett and Bank of America, NA v. Toledo-Cardona, stem from the mortgage bubble and collapse ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and could undercut the ability of ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Thursday reported that ongoing blockages restricting movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza have "undermined" the living conditions of nearly two million Palestinians. The OCHA reports that the restrictions, put in ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti- ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. According to the report, the influx of ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]

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