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Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal voted on Thursday to criminalize homophobia and transphobia. In an 8-3 decision, the court approved a three-point thesis holding that LGBTQ discrimination should be understood to fall within the nation’s prohibition against racism until the National Congress can issue a law specifically addressing this matter. Brazil’s legislature outlawed racism in 1989 [...]

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British Prime Minister Teresa May issued a statement Wednesday committing to passing legislation aimed at reducing the UK’s climate change emissions to net zero by 2050. The UK government has been under increasing pressure to address its role in global climate change in recent weeks, as a series of highly public protests and sit-ins disrupted [...]

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Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 870 into law on Wednesday, making Oregon the fifteenth state to join the National Popular Vote compact. The compact is an agreement that will ensure the state’s Electoral College votes are awarded to the presidential candidate who earns the national popular vote, even if that candidate does not [...]

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The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Thursday issued an investigative report detailing repeated violations of the Hatch Act by counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official status to interfere with election results. The OSC noted multiple violations of this Act in recent media appearances [...]

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The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted its first-ever resolution on persons reported missing during armed conflicts, recalling “its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security” and “the need to promote respect for the rules and principles of international humanitarian law”. The resolution urges countries that are not yet parties to the [...]

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The UK Supreme Court ordered the Birmingham Council on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to declare a single mother of four who could not afford rent, “intentionally homeless.” The court unanimously affirmed Terryann Samuels’ petition to appeal the decision. The Council declared her intentionally homeless because they argued that she should have used her social [...]

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The Constitutional Court in Ecuador ruled Wednesday in favor of same-sex marriage. The five-justice majority argued that all people are equal, and that this change was necessary to prevent discrimination. This decision will require the National Assembly to change the laws defining marriage. Ecuador’s constitution, ratified in 2008,  defines marriage as between a man and [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division filed a statement of interest Monday supporting students who claim the state of Maine is discriminating against them by not paying for them to attend religious high schools. The state of Maine does pay for students to attend private high schools if they live in areas [...]

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