Articles Posted in 2018

Amnesty International UK blamed  the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro  for the “worst human rights crisis in its history” in a report  published on Thursday. The study highlights human rights abuses  that Amnesty condemns as showing a disregard for human life. Among the most poignant statistics are that 22 percent of homicides committed in 2016 [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota  ruled Friday that a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that bans discrimination in health care based on sex includes transgender and gender non-conforming people. Plaintiffs Brittany Tovar and Reid Olsen brought suit against health care providers Essentia Health and Innovis Health over “health care [...]

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California Governor Jerry Brown  signed Assembly Bill 1884  on Thursday banning full service restaurants from automatically providing customers with plastic single-use straws for beverages. The bill allows restaurants to provide customers with plastic straws only on request by the customer. After notice of violation upon a third violation of the statute, restaurants are fined $25 [...]

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Governor Ralph Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Friday signed HB 20-178  to legalize marijuana. In particular, the bill allows a person who is 21 or older to “possess and transport up to one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis in liquid [...]

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The Malaysian Anticorruption Commission (MAC) brought additional charges against former prime minster Najib Razak on Thursday. The former prime minster was arrested  and brought before the Kuala Lumpur Session Court to hear more than 20 corruption charges against him. The additional charges against Razak were made pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Revenue [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed  a complaint  with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook for violating laws that bar employers from using gender-based discrimination in their employment advertisements. The ACLU, along with Outten & Golden  and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) , filed this complaint on behalf  of three [...]

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Mexican human rights group National Commission for Human Rights on Wednesday accused Mexican police and federal troops in the extrajudicial killing of two alleged fuel thieves. “The scene was manipulated by placing high-caliber firearms beside the bodies,” claims the statement. “A crime, even one that was not yet proved, was matched with another crime.” The [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Thursday urged  Guatemala to “adopt all necessary measures to fully ensure that judges and magistrates perform their duties with full independence and guarantees.” The UN Special Rapporteur specifically referenced the government’s refusal to allow the head of the International Commission against Impunity in [...]

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