March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful ...[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 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate ...[read more]
February 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A nationwide anti-gay marriage referendum in Slovakia failed on Saturday because of the low voter turnout. The referendum, which asked whether marriage should only be a union between a man and a woman, was intended to strengthen the constitutional same-sex marriage ban in the country. While 50% ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Mississippi Legislature voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490, which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21, a non-binding 1992 United Nations ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia's right to deny concealed carry permits to individuals for failure to show good cause. The complaint names the city and Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, as ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday urged Portuguese authorities to increase efforts to ensure a wider access to the country's judicial system. Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul said that greater accessibility to legal aid is necessary amid the continued ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]

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