February 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola on Thursday lauded Belgium's multi-disciplinary approach to combating modern slavery but encouraged the country to adopt stronger measures to raise public awareness of the problem and increase regulatory focus on proper victim detection and identification. In ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill that would limit the option for parents to receive non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. Sponsored by state Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland), this bill seeks to amend the current process ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and is intended to ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Addison Morris
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper ...[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 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN officials on Friday called for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. ...[read more]

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