May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
May 9, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen who was captured by ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The report states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on the ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on their official Twitter page ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
South Sudan government forces are recruiting child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW). A UN report has documented the use of more than 561 child soldiers since the beginning of the conflict. Daniel Bekele, the Africa director at HRW, stated that government forces are taking children from right ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education Kishore Singh expressed concern on Thursday about the basic human right to education after African education authorities discussed the possibility of delegating basic education to the private sector in an effort to reduce state spending on education. ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Slovakia held a referendum on Saturday asking voters to decide whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. The vote will also determine other rights for same-sex couples, such as the right to adopt a child and participate in sexual health education. A vote over 50 percent will ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Members of the Islamic State (IS) are abducting Iraqi children and engaging in serious human rights abuses, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reported Wednesday. Abuses reportedly entail the "systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities," including the " ...[read more]
February 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday it has gathered evidence that the Egyptian government is covering up the deaths of more than two dozen people who died in protests on the anniversary of the 2011 uprisings. Twenty-seven people died in protests last week, including two women, a 10-year-old ...[read more]

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