October 13, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska on Sunday overturned Alaska's same-sex marriage ban. Five same-sex couples living in Alaska brought the action pursuant to 42 USC 1983 and filed a motion for summary judgement. Judge Timothy Burgess found that Alaska's ban on same-s... ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Allison Fedorka
Saudi Arabia is persecuting rights activists and silencing government critics, according to a report issued Friday by Amnesty International (AI). According to AI, members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) have been persecuted since the Arab Spring in 2011. The Saudi ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday overturned the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin's decision that upheld a state statute prohibiting night hunting outside of Native American tribal reservations. Although state jurisdiction over Native Americans is ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday stayed the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a number of UN officials on Thursday urged global leaders to abolish the death penalty. In in a presentation and accompanying report entitled "Moving Away from the Death Penalty," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated: ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday ruled that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in a lawsuit challenging the delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) employer mandate. The plaintiffs, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), ...[read more]
September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) filed a complaint on Wednesday on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Wisconsin last June, but whose marriages are not currently recognized due to a stay on the district court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban. The ...[read more]

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