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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Residents from Australia’s Torres Strait Islands plan to file a human rights complaint against the Australia government for failing to address the impacts of climate change. The residents will be represented by a UK environmental non-profit organization, ClientEarth who issued a press release Sunday detailing the complaint to be lodged with the UN Human Rights [...]

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The UN passed a watered-down version of a resolution meant to combat rape and sexual violence in conflict zones Tuesday. After threatening to veto the resolution, the US placed pressure to have 2013 resolution language removed, including “reproductive health” services for survivors. Germany first sent a letter to the UN Secretary General detailing the impacts of [...]

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US President Donald Trump and his business organizations filed a lawsuit Monday to block a congressional subpoena request issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. Representative Cummings issued a memo that prepared a subpoena for Mazars, USA, Trump’s accounting firm. After Michael Cohen’s testimony, the House Oversight Committee was interested in any potential alterations [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed concern Thursday after a Bahrain court convicted 139 individuals of terrorism in a mass trial on Tuesday. The individuals were convicted of terrorism and extremism related to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. All but one of those convicted were stripped of their nationality. The commissioner is concerned [...]

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