The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) joined with several other legal entities in a lawsuit Tuesday accusing New York Police officers of race discrimination, police brutality and violating the free speech of a peaceful protester. The lawsuit, filed against the City of New York, the mayor of New York, the Police Commissioner, and [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Guam v. United States that a case against the US for causing toxic waste pollution in Guam may proceed. This case originated from a lawsuit by Guam against the US accusing the Navy of causing the contamination at the Ordot Dump. Guam alleged that the US was responsible [...]

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The Supreme Court released Monday its opinion in CIC Services v. Internal Revenue Service clarifying two seemingly conflicting provisions of the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The Court held in favor of CIC Services, holding that the suit is not under the scope of the AIA: “CIC’s suit aims to enjoin a standalone reporting [...]

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UN human rights experts responded on Monday to a review by the British government into race inequality by “categorically reject and condemn the analysis and findings.” The review culminated in a report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities that was released last Wednesday. The report was ordered by the government following the Black [...]

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A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a petition by Guantanamo detainee Nashwan al-Tamir to dismiss the charges against him and disqualify the judge presiding over his case over conflicts of interest. Al-Tamir was apprehended in 2006 in Turkey, taken to a CIA black site and tortured for six months, and then held at Guantanamo [...]

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Tennessee filed an emergency request on Monday asking the US Supreme Court to reinstate a 48-hour mandatory waiting period for abortions pending appeal. The law was challenged by several doctors and a medical center on behalf of their patients. US District Judge Bernard Friedman held in October that the waiting period was unconstitutional, following “five [...]

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China on Saturday announced sanctions against the chair and vice chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, Canadian parliament member Michael Chong, and Canada’s House of Commons foreign affairs subcommittee on international human rights. These sanctions were in direct retaliation for sanctions imposed by the US, UK, Canada [...]

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The US, Canada, EU and UK sanctioned Chinese government officials on Monday for what Canada’s Global Affairs described as “gross and systematic human rights violations.” Canada’s sanctions are against four officials and one entity that have been linked to human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, particularly against Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act by conducting financial dealings with companies identified as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. Oseguera Gonzalez is the daughter of Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, who is also known as “El Mencho,” a prolific cartel [...]

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday in favor of former Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan, finding that it cannot penalize him for his allegedly unethical behavior. The court noted that throughout Madigan’s long career in politics—he is “the longest-serving head of any state or [...]

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