June 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Increasing militarization of police forces is putting citizens at risk rather than protecting them, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report titled, "War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing," analyzed data from 800 ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice will revive a formerly defunct task force to combat domestic terrorism. The task force, called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, was originally formed following the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 but was shut ...[read more]
May 23, 2014
by G. Redd
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Wednesday that the case against Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi may proceed in the ICC and that Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam to The Hague. Saif al-Islam is being tried on multiple crimes against humanity ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it restricts freedom of religion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of UCC reverends and same-sex ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered by the death of multiple woman allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests through the streets of ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in US v. Castleman that a federal law banning gun possession after a state domestic abuse conviction involving "physical force" can be satisfied by the degree of force supporting a common law battery conviction, namely, "offensive touching." In 2001, James ...[read more]

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