May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a gun. Those who violate this ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday said that the trial of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was "badly flawed" and compromised by due process violations. The former president was convicted on April 21 for inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012 and ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Bahrain Public Prosecution on Sunday extended the period of detention of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab by 15 days, citing a need for further investigation. According to Rajab's wife, the activist was arrested on April 2 for tweets he posted about torture practices in Jau prison. At ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted of appointing a lawyer ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on Wednesday urged the international community to prepare itself for the "massive displacement and humanitarian crisis" that could come as a result of civilians fleeing the fighting in Yemen, stating that they ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt may join a lawsuit that seeks to compel the state of Missouri to unseal details on its execution methods. This decision reverses a lower court ruling that found that the magazine publisher did ...[read more]

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