August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and ...[read more]
August 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Mexican government to fully investigate the killing of 22 civilians by soldiers on June 30, following an alleged confrontation inside an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. All civilians involved in the incident were killed, while one ...[read more]
August 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Louisiana abortion clinic Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to block a law that requires doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which would likely force clinics to shut ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Friday that at least 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict —almost double the number from last year's report. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated that the number, based on information from the Sy... ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered a deadline of October 1 for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a list of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform relating to the failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Governor Jerry Brown was a presented with a bill on Tuesday to ban sterilization of female inmates in California after the California Senate unanimously voted to pass the law. The bill bans any form of sterilization in a correctional facility for the purposes of birth control unless ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking ...[read more]

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