December 1, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Access to Justice (A2Justice) and eight other civil rights groups brought Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan before the Federal High Court in Abuja Monday with the goal of forcing an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by members of the Nigerian military and the state-sponsored ...[read more]
November 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech Friday raised the possibility of the UK leaving the EU if other member state leaders block plans to restrict access to welfare payments for migrants. Cameron outlined proposed welfare reform which would block European migrants to the UK from receiving ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Valerie Howell
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the UN and donating countries to press Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip. HRW claims that the restrictions are "disproportionate to security considerations" and "unnecessarily harm people's access ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned Wednesday that, despite the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, abuses such as abductions, torture and ill-treatment still affect local civilians daily. Since the ceasefire, announced September 5, 331 fatalities have been ...[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]

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