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Legal News
2 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

UN human rights experts urged [press release] the Nigerian government Friday to guarantee the safety of areas liberated from Boko Haram. The UN experts expressed concern for the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning home to these areas after a series of vicious Boko Haram attacks. Boko Haram recently … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged [press release] or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were being used for military purposes. According to a detailed investigative report [text], government forces and Russia-backed militants have deployed forces in and near schools, … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile], expressed "utmost alarm" [press release] Thursday at the worsening situation in Syria. Zeid said that warring parties were "constantly sinking to new depths," attacking women, children, the sick and the elderly with unprecedented force throughout the nation. … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] on Wednesday called [press release] for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Tuesday that increased funding and international cooperation are needed to successfully combat human trafficking [UN News Centre report]. Ban stressed that human trafficking affects victims in 124 countries despite the existence of political will and legal tools to root out human traffickers. The … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 days ago
by affiliation: University of Maryland Robert Percival of University of Maryland author: Robert Percival
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Percival from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses what can be learned from the tragedy in Flint, Michigan...Americans who visit China quickly notice one significant difference from travel in the US. Even if they are staying in luxury five-star hotels, they are … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International [advocacy website] (AI) warned [press release] Monday that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) [official website] is insufficiently equipped to handle dangers of instability and deadly violence to civilians in Central African Republic (CAR). AI's investigative report [text] describes how major gaps … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] agreed Tuesday to review its 2013 decision reinstating [JURIST report] an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said Friday his office is investigating allegations of sexual abuse [press release] against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) by EU forces. Most of the alleged abuse took place in 2014, near the M'Poko camp for displaced … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] struck down [press release, in Spanish] language in a Jalisco state law on Tuesday defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ruling effectively ends the same-sex marriage ban in one of the largest states in the country … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] seeking the replacement of lead water pipes in the city of Flint. The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with Concerned Pastors for Social Action, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced [press release] Monday that he has appointed a former prosecutor to act as Special Counsel in his investigation into the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint and that a retired Detroit FBI chief will also participate in the investigation. In order to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Montgomery v. Louisiana [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a landmark decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles should apply retroactively. The Supreme Court reached that decision [JURIST report] in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders] … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday vetoed bills aimed at granting full adoption rights to same-sex couples and at removing restrictions on abortions [press releases, in Portuguese]. The president stated that the legislation represents a radical change that requires broader public consultation. He further added … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that "shocking crimes" have been committed by all sides in the war-torn South Sudan. The report said that extra-judicial killings, disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortions, and child recruitment have occurred within the … [read more]

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