March 15, 2014
by Addison Morris
In her first visit to Nigeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Friday praised the country for the significant development in protecting human rights, while urging further protection against conflict, poverty and corruption. Calling the issues of the country the "most ...[read more]
March 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda urged Guinea-Bissau authorities on Friday to address the needs of those living in the country in extreme poverty. Sepulveda called on Guinea-Bissau to "move the country's politics away from short-term power struggles," and address "the consistent decline ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Michael Finley
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of widower Paul Hard challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sanctity Laws) which refuse to recognize same sex ...[read more]
September 14, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
An independent UN human rights expert on Friday urge Moldovan authorities to adopt regulations that allow for greater inclusion for those with disabilities and Romas into society. UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepulveda, recently finished a fact finding ...[read more]
May 29, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepulveda on Tuesday presented her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. Sepulveda urged world governments to enable participation amongst persons living in poverty in decisions that affect their lives. She also ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), social workers and doctors on Tuesday on behalf of a couple whose adopted child underwent sex assignment surgery while in the state's custody. The child, M.C., was born with "ambiguous genitals," ...[read more]
April 19, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A group of UN independent experts urged the World Bank on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human rights in all their ...[read more]
April 4, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Amnesty International (AI) called upon the European Union (EU) on Thursday to end discrimination against Roma communities throughout Europe. There are roughly six million Roma throughout the EU, many of whom face abject poverty, substandard education, violent attacks and other forms of ...[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]
April 1, 2013
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of the Michigan State University College of Law says that the International Labor Organization's recent report addressing gaps in the current legal regime erected against forced labor is commendable but unsatisfying, arguing that it only superficially ...[read more]

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