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Judge Clark Waddoups for the US District Court in Utah ruled on Thursday in favor of three American Samoan plaintiffs and a nonprofit corporation who alleged that their classification as nationals instead of citizens violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Waddoups cited precedent going back as far as 1608 as well as another case, Wong Kim Ark, [...]

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Following a violent crackdown on protesters in Iran, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Friday calling Iran’s reaction “clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights.” The protests were largely in response to a massive tax hike on gas prices [...]

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The UN Environment Program has released its tenth annual report on emissions gaps, having found that the current rate of global carbon emissions will lead to an average temperature rise of 3.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels by 2100. The report was completed by international scientists and specialists that assess where countries are in terms [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of California ruled Tuesday that asylum-seekers at the US border before mid-July would not be subject to the asylum limitations on non-Mexican nationals that had not first sought asylum in Mexico. The relevant ban mandates: Additional limitation on eligibility for asylum. Notwithstanding the provisions [...]

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a court of appeals decision on Tuesday that juveniles whom the court has determined should be tried as adults in one county should thereafter be tried as adults for any other offenses in any other counties. The court reached this determination based on their interpretation of a Wisconsin statute that [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that the increasing searches of electronic devices at border crossing points by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violate the Fourth Amendment guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure because the searches are not based on reasonable suspicion. District Judge Denise Casper issued [...]

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The House impeachment committees released their transcripts of the several depositions this week, including William Taylor, the senior US diplomat in Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, and Michael McKinsley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A primary insight uncovered in Taylor’s testimony is the extent to which [...]

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A jury on Friday recommended awarding Keith Wildhaber, a sergeant for the St. Louis County police department, nearly $20 million in damages in an employment discrimination case after finding that the department discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation. Wildhaber filed the lawsuit in 2017 alleging that he had been passed up for promotions [...]

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A UN representative reported to the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee on Wednesday that Iran executed seven children in 2018 and two so far this year. Javaid Rehman stated to the committee that he remained “concerned about the continued use of the death penalty” in Iran. While the execution rate has dropped in Iran [...]

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Amnesty International released their inaugural report on the performance of three regional human rights institutions in Africa on Monday, finding low compliance with the final decisions of the regional mechanisms. Although many states have consistently promised to comply, the report found that overall the states have failed to follow through. For example, the African Court [...]

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