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Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women [official website] on Wednesday urged Tanzania [press release] to enforce its international obligations to prevent discrimination against women. The call comes after two women brought suit arguing that customary laws enforced in their communities contravened Tanzania's constitution [text, PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Girls have been attacked in at least 70 countries for seeking education, according to a new UN report [text, PDF; press release] released Monday. The report states, "[t]he educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Slovakia held a referendum on Saturday asking voters to decide whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. The vote will also determine other rights for same-sex couples [DW report], such as the right to adopt a child and participate in sexual health education. … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Vanessa Griffith

Torture is illegal under both US and international law. Several international agreements ban torture, all ratified by the US. The majority of these treaties and declarations do not specifically define torture. One of the sole definitions comes from the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child [official websites] on Wednesday released a joint recommendation [text, PDF] on the obligations of states towards the prevention and elimination of the harmful practices inflicted upon women and girls. … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing." Farzana Iqbal was killed by her family outside of a Pakistani court in the city of Lahore … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law [BBC report], where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. The bill was approved … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday reported [press release] that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the government. Manjoo … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan [JURIST news archive] officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged [press release] authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] and the chairperson of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] Frances Raday on Wednesday urged [text] the Sudanese government to stop the practice of threatening women with … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief [official website], Heiner Bielefeldt, said [press release] Tuesday that "harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief." Bielefeldt urged governments to ensure that gender equality is adequately … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) [official website] on Wednesday recommended [press release] a rule [General Council Recommendation No. 30, PDF] surrounding the obligations states owe to women during and after conflict. The recommendation was put forward in an attempt to provide guidance to … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kim Brancato, DePaul University College of Law Class of 2014, discusses the successes and failures of recent women's rights legislation in India...As an observer at the fifty-fourth session of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee hearing a few weeks … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Independent experts within the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Friday urged [press release] governments around the world to take decisive steps to ensure and protect women's rights, and to "turn decades of empty promises into concrete changes." In a statement recognizing International … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called [official statement] Monday for the implementation of measures to allow women greater access to justice systems. In his statement to leaders of around 80 nations during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website], he described … [read more]

Student Commentary
24 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eileen Ward, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the fifth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Ward offers insight about why the US should adopt the Convention on the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the governments of Pakistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and Afghanistan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to end violence against women and to initiate investigations into the recent killings of two women. Fareeda … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday submitted a briefing [report, PDF; press release] to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women [official website] detailing the failure of the Mexican government to protect women from torture, killings, sexual violence and other ill-treatment. On July 17 the … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Abeer Hashayka, an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, examines the treatment of Palestinian families at Israeli checkpoints and calls for safe, reliable access to hospitals and clinics during pregnancy...For most families, the birth of a child is a happy … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Lisa Pruitt, writing the second installment of the column authored by the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Law, says that the recent UN conference on status of women failed to adequately address the realities of enforcing laws that affect women in rural areas...The Fifty-Sixth … [read more]

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