November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December, state lawmakers passed the bill, which ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Ugandan politicians have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support to be presented before parliament by the end of the year, according to Thursday media reports. The new legislation comes nearly a year after the Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act that would have ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Egyptian authorities on Thursday arrested a top Muslim Brotherhood member who played a key role in negotiations between the group and the Egyptian government. A security official said the arrest of Mohammed Ali Bishr was linked to a call for demonstrations at the end of the month. The ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana ( ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The issue of accountability of those responsible for crimes against humanity in the country remains at the top of the agenda, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Marzuki Darusman said Friday. The comments come a few days ahead of the General Assembly' ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN human rights expert said Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responsible for "massive" human rights atrocities committed by the state. In February the UN released a report concluding that North Korean security chiefs, and possibly Kim Jong Un, should ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Kansas rule that required prospective voters to show proof-of-citizenship documents before registering using a federal voter registration form. The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit also said that a federal agency does not have to alter the ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Nigerian federal court on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bring Back Our Girls group, saying that the police had no right to block protests in Nigeria. Earlier this year the Bring Back Our Girls activists began daily sit-ins at the Unity Fountain in the capital city Abuja to press their demands ...[read more]

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