November 19, 2014
by Brittany Felder
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a ...[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 13, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday struck down a Michigan law limiting the benefits received by same-sex partners in local government and public schools. Judge David Lawson blocked the law more than a year ago with an injunction. Seven months after ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Christina Alam
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT' ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
October 17, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The European Commission filed a lawsuit against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) in two separate cases related to its restriction of gambling ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]

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