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A Baltimore federal judge on Tuesday declined the Trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the US military. The lawsuit , filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , is on behalf of more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve in the military. [...]

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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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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  on Wednesday appointed a three-member legal panel to conduct a war crimes probe into the alleged Israeli human rights violations on the Gaza border. The resolution to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry was backed on Friday. Twenty-nine members of the council voted for, 14 members abstained, [...]

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday assumed jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the ICC’s founding under the Rome Statute . The crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal [...]

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The state of New York on Wednesday sued 3M Co and five other companies to reimburse for the cost of cleaning up environmentally hazardous firefighting foam manufactured by the companies in question. The lawsuit —the first of its kind—seeks more than $38.8 million plus punitive damages. According to the state, the firefighting foam caused “extensive [...]

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A new lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges the laws pertaining to photo identification requirements for voters in the state of Missouri. The challenge was brought on behalf of Mildred Gutierrez, a 70-year-old Missouri resident who, in order to vote in the November 2017 election, was forced to sign a sworn statement under penalty of perjury because [...]

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The UK Supreme Court on Thursday indicated disapproval of Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law , though ultimately dismissed the appeal brought by challengers of the legislation. The legal proceedings were initiated by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) , who argue that the existing law—which lists having an abortion as a criminal offense punishable [...]

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