September 2, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) the extremist group, Islamic State (IS), of carrying out ethnic cleansing "on a historic scale" in Northern Iraq. The report, entitled "Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq," asserts that since ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Ann Schober
The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged home in ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Ann Schober
The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group, was charged with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released on bail after being charged with violating Malaysia's ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) announced Monday that it has obtained video footage, images and testimonies showing evidence of "gruesome" war crimes committed by Nigerian Military personnel. The alleged atrocities are occurring in northeastern Nigeria and are the result of a protracted conflict ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]

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