October 20, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An independent UN rights expert stated on Monday that there has not been a single child in the Gaza Strip area not affected by the ongoing conflict. Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has expressed concern over children ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws regarding same-sex marriage rights. The court held each spouse ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become suicide bombers. The report claims that Islamist ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Addison Morris
United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on the ...[read more]

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