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Supreme Court hears arguments in partisan gerrymandering cases
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two partisan gerrymandering cases. The first, Rucho v. Common Cause, asks the court whether North Carolina's 2016 congressional map is unconstitutional, as the US District Court for the Middl (More)
NGOs call for independent inquiry into Yemen rights violations
In an open letter addressed to representatives of the Member and Observer States of the United Nations Humans Rights Council , 56 national, regional and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) called for an "independent, international inq (More)
South Africa court enforces contract to ensure welfare
The Constitutional Court of South Africa on Friday enforced [judgment, PDF; press release] a contract between the South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to ensure that beneficiaries will still receive welfa (More)
Cluster-munitions kill two civilians in Yemen
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced yesterday that cluster-munitions were used on the Yemini city of Saada on December 6, which killed two civilians and wounded six more. HRW stated that is is believed the cluster-munitions were launched by Saud (More)
HRW: Russia and Syria have commited war crimes in Aleppo
The Russian/Syrian coalition committed war crimes in Aleppo during September and October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. HRW alleges that the bombings constitute war crimes, as the bombings appear to be recklessly hitting civilians and in (More)
US concludes Syria airstrikes not in violation of international law
US Central Command concluded on Wednesday that airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition near Dayr az Zawr, Syria, in September did not violate international law. According to Russian sources , the strike killed 60 soldiers loyal to Syrian Pr (More)
Amesty: US must disclose civilian deaths resulting from Syria airstrikes
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the US "come clean" about the civilian deaths resulting from US airstrikes in Syria over the last two years. Stating that it believes that the US has failed to take necessary precautions, AI con (More)
UN child rights expert: Syria onslaught a 'brutal abdication of human rights obligations'
A UN children's rights expert on Monday stated that Syria's continued infliction of harm on children is a "brutal abdication of human rights obligations they have committed to respect." Benyam Dawit Mezmur , Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights o (More)
Syria situation a breach of humanitarian law: EU officials
Attacks in Aleppo, Syria's capital, were called a "breach of international humanitarian law" in a joint statement by EU officials on Saturday. The EU is urging countries with influence on the parties to encourage negotiations to cease the attacks an (More)
Rights groups urge international investigation into Yemen war crimes
International human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) , issued a joint letter on Thursday to the permanent representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council urging them "to su (More)
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