The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Human Rights Office released a joint report on Monday advising Somalia to take precautions to ensure that the human rights violations that occurred last year would not have a negative impact on their peace efforts or future elections. According to UNSOM, these violations had a direct [...]

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In some personal injury cases, juries award considerable sums for compensation. This often occurs when the plaintiff suffers serious and painful injuries, and the jury decides to award a significant amount of non-economic injuries. If the defendant’s actions are deemed egregious or malicious, the jury may also award a large amount of punitive damages. Yet [...]

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered the government to return two asylum seekers to the US after they were put on a flight to El Salvador. Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union filed  a lawsuit against US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on behalf of the mother and daughter and other women and children who [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  reinstated the ban  on the pesticide chlorpyrifos on Thursday, overturning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  order  that allowed continued use of the pesticide. Environmental and farm-worker advocacy groups took charge in the petition for review by the court of the EPA order, citing studies  showing links to [...]

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The Supreme Court of Costa Rica on Thursday found the country’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and discriminatory. This decision follows opinion  given just seven months ago by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights  that same-sex couples have the same rights to marry as any opposite-sex couple.< The decision is a significant one for Costa [...]

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced Wednesday that former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet will succeed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights . Bachelet completed her second four-year term as the Chilean president earlier this year. Upon her initial election in 2006, she became the first female to assume the Chilean [...]

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UN human rights experts urged  the government of Nicaragua Thursday to stop repressing voices that are critical of the government after “100 days of unrest in which at least 317 people have been killed and 1,830 injured.” The experts stated that “eports indicate that there has been an increase in targeted repression, criminalisation and alleged arbitrary [...]

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Venezuela’s pro-government National Constituent Assembly voted unanimously to strip two members of the opposition-controlled legislature of their immunity accusing them of playing a role in the attempted assassination of President Nicolás Maduro. The move comes after the Venezuela Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the two lawmakers, Julio Borges and Juan Reuesens, on Wednesday. The [...]

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