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The PACT Act: A Step in the Right Direction on the Path to Animal Welfare
Nine years ago, President Obama signed into law a bill proscribing the distribution of so-called “animal crush” videos, which are depictions of a practice that is as disturbing as it sounds: the killing of animals (puppies, kittens, mice, bunnies, go (More)
Alabama Supreme Court upholds protections for Confederate monuments
The Supreme Court of Alabama ruled Wednesday that the City of Birmingham ("City") violated the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act ("Preservation Act") by erecting a plywood barrier around a Confederate monument in August 2017. The order to erect th (More)
British Columbia adopts UN standards for Indigenous rights
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia passed Bill 41 on Tuesday, which adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). British Columbia is the first Canadian province to adopt UNDRIP and is home to the second largest p (More)
Trump blocks removal of Navy SEAL officer
US President Donald Trump on Thursday reversed the decision of the US Navy to remove Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the Navy SEALs. Trump announced the decision via Twitter: The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddi (More)
UN rights experts urge progress towards ending business-related rights abuses
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on Thursday urged governments to improve their records on business and human rights. The statement comes ahead of the Forum on Business and Human Rights to take place from November 25-27 in Geneva. (More)
Trump administration sued on behalf of journalists allegedly tracked by Homeland Security
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of five journalists who were allegedly tracked, detained and interrogated by the Department of Homeland Securi (More)
Amnesty verifies death of more than 100 Iran protesters
Amnesty International on Tuesday verified evidence confirming the death of more than 100 protesters in Iran as the country entered its fifth day of a state-imposed communication blackout after protests erupted on Friday in response to a sharp increas (More)
UK court denies application of terminally ill man challenging assisted dying law
A terminally ill man lost his challenge to the assisted dying law in the UK on Tuesday. The case was brought by Philippe Newby, who suffers from motor neurone disease, a terminal disease. His claim centered around Section 2(1) of the Suicide Ac (More)
Protests erupt in Iran after sudden hike in petrol prices
Protests have broken out across Iran after President Hassan Rouhani announced Friday that petrol will be rationed and the government subsidy will be reduced, causing prices to increase by over 50 percent. Under the new plan, the government has stated (More)
Disciplining Federal Judges and the Public’s Right to Know
The most recent disciplinary order issued against a federal judge vividly demonstrates a major shortcoming of the federal judicial disciplinary system—transparency. In September, the Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit publicly reprimanded Kansa (More)
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