October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law which prohibits people from living out of their vehicles. Prior to the decision from the federal appeals court, the act of using a vehicle "as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Hungarian Parliament on Monday passed a law that allows municipalities to prohibit sleeping in public places, effectively criminalizing homelessness. The law permits local authorities to declare areas prohibited for homeless people and evict those living in huts or shacks near the city. ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, ...[read more]
April 3, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
Two UN human rights experts were critical of the Hungarian Parliament on Wednesday for passing an amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law that criminalizes homelessness. Hungary is estimated to currently have 30,000 homeless individuals. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human ...[read more]
October 27, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday rejected a request to expedite briefing on a challenge to voter ID advertisements. The plaintiffs, which include civil rights groups such as the League of Women Voters (LWV), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Max Slater
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US constitution when it seized and destroyed the abandoned property of homeless people. The plaintiffs were several homeless people whose possessions were ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing ...[read more]
July 30, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
An Indian court sentenced 21 individuals to life imprisonment on Monday after finding them guilty of attempted murder and rioting relating to several murders in the town of Visnagar in Gujarat state 10 years ago. The 21 Hindus were convicted and sentenced for the deaths of 11 members of a Muslim ...[read more]

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