Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an independent investigation into the detention and death of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. After collapsing during his trial, the Egyptian President was pronounced dead on Monday. The cause of death was a heart attack, but family and [...]

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Russian President Vladmir Putin has signed a new law that would impose fines for the distribution of unauthorized foreign print media. Under the new law, media publications must obtain a permit and register their media outlet with Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor. Committee to Protect Journalists Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said criticized the [...]

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Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed separate lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday to challenge their recent Final Conscience Rule that protects health workers from providing abortions if they have religious objections. In Planned Parenthood’s complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the Department’s rule is a violation of [...]

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Major opposition parties in Japan, including the Constitutional Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, submitted a bill Monday that would recognize same-sex marriages. The proposed legislation is said to use gender-inclusive language instead of terms like “wife” or “husband” in its statute. However, some critics believe that the bill is not enough to move [...]

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The UN Human Rights Office published a report detailing the People’s Republic of Korea’s ongoing human rights violations. The report indicates that many North Koreans flee to the cross the South Korean border to escape the rampant economic poverty and corruption. According to UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, with a shaky legal environment [...]

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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović released a report Tuesday detailing the abuses by the Hungarian government towards asylum-seekers following her visit in February. The report finds that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has continued to promote xenophobic policies under the guise of addressing an immigration crisis. Refugees held at transit zones [...]

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A jury found Monday that Alva Pilliod and Alberta Pilliod were entitled to $2 billion in punitive damages to couple who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Monsanto’s Roundup product on their home for over 30 years. This is the third lawsuit loss for Monsanto after numerous plaintiffs have launched complaints against Monsanto’s herbicide [...]

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