March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the a trial of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest and sentencing completed after only ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Schwinn, of The John Marshall Law School, discusses the growing problem in states to ban the use of foreign and international law...There is a growing trend in the states to ban the use of foreign and international law, including Sharia law, in state courts. At least ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez called Tuesday for modifications and alternatives to the detention processes of children in order to ensure their human rights. In a report presented to the UN Human Rights Council on ...[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 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is a struggle to uphold values of ... ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Head of the United States Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León on Wednesday warned the UN Security Council that without intervention from the international community and UN, Libya is likely to become unstable in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks. León urged the international ...[read more]

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