March 5, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Zeidman of the CUNY School of Law argues that changes to solitary confinement laws present an opportunity to discuss larger issues with the prison system as a whole ...The recent agreement, growing out of the case of Peoples v. Fischer, reached by the New York Civil ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of State (DOS) on Thursday released its annual country reports on human rights. In the preface to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote that the DOS will "continue to press governments to uphold fundamental freedoms. We remain ...[read more]
January 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US State Department, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined Tuesday to condemn the Cuban government's detentions of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. According to rights activists in Havana, an estimated 100 pro-democracy ...[read more]
October 9, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel named Paul Lewis as Special Envoy to oversee the eventual closing of Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday. Lewis will join his US State Department counterpart, Clifford Sloan, in working toward closing the detention center. His main duties will relate to the transfer of ...[read more]
August 23, 2013
by G. Redd
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) sued the Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday, challenging a new regulation on abortion facilities. Under the law, facilities prescribing Mifepristone, the so-called "abortion pill," will be defined as an abortion clinic and be required ...[read more]
July 25, 2013
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that Israel cannot be listed as the place of birth on US passports for citizens born in Jerusalelm. Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act requires the State Department to list Jerusalem, Israel, as the ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Even since human slavery was officially banned through the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, human trafficking continues to present an ongoing problem in the US and abroad. The US State Department reports that between two to four million individuals are trafficked worldwide annually, ...[read more]
June 17, 2013
by G. Redd
An anonymous source inside the US State Department said Monday that President Barack Obama is appointing attorney Clifford Sloan to be the new envoy in charge of closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Clifford, who has served in all three federal branches, is now a privately practicing ...[read more]
February 8, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved revisions to the state's lethal injection law. The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the 2009 version of the law last year, finding that a provision allowing the state department of corrections to choose the drug for lethal injection violates the ...[read more]
January 10, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 10, 2006, President George W. Bush signed a bill renewing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which provided $361 million over two years towards the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases, most involving the sex trade. Further action has since been taken ...[read more]

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