September 14, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Alaska on Friday ruled that a lawsuit claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited by the lower court. The plaintiffs in the case were six children who originally filed the ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Germany passed a bill banning on all images and activities in support of the Islamic State (IS) Friday, effectively outlawing support for the group. The ban takes immediate effect and covers the recruitment of jihadist fighters, the use of IS symbols and social media propaganda. Interior Minister ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law after the three-judge panel issued an order staying the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, stating that the state may require photo ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Parliament of Greece on Tuesday ratified a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. The revised bill is titled "Fight Against Xenophobia," and it was adopted by a vote of 54-42, with 3 parliament members abstaining from the vote. With Thursday's vote, Greece joined ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
Indiana and Wisconsin each asked the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to determine if same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. These petitions bring the total number of same-sex marriage cases before the court to seven. The main questions asked in these cases are whether states can refuse to ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A group of Thailand human rights activists denounced the country's state of martial law on Monday, accusing the ruling military junta of imposing a judicial "twilight zone." The rights group has called for an end to martial law which was instituted on May 20, two days before the coup that ousted ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect ...[read more]

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