November 18, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday that Russian occupation in Crimea has led to serious human rights violations. In the 37-page report, titled "Rights in Retreat: Abuses in Crimea," HRW documented several cases of persecution of groups opposed to Russian occupation, the imposition of Russian ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that religious non-profit groups' rights were not violated when required to certify that they are opting out of the contraception mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Priests for ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court hear oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama the court heard arguments on Alabama's redistricting plans. The question before the court is "Whether Alabama's legislative redistricting plans unconstitutionally classify black voters ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled Wednesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The St. Louis Circuit judge ruled that the Missouri Constitution violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In his opinion, Burlison rejected ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas ruled Tuesday that the same-sex marriage ban in Kansas is unconstitutional. The judge found in favor of the plaintiff's claim, which asserted that the law in Kansas denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. Judge ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Lawmakers in South Sudan on Wednesday passed a controversial bill that gives security forces the right to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant. The bill was passed into law in its fourth reading after a three-hour debate. The leader of the minority Sudan People's Liberation Movement- ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received ...[read more]

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