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]
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]
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]
March 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Hungarian Parliament on Monday approved controversial amendments to the country's constitution. The amendments, approved by a vote of 265-11, with 33 abstentions, include several provisions previously struck down by the country's Constitutional Court. The amendments limit that court's powers, ...[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]
April 24, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The UN Office for the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday welcomed a report published by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) which found that ordinances criminalizing homelessness may violate human rights as well as the Fourth and ...[read more]
January 3, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 3, 2007, the government of France announced that it would officially recognize French citizens' legal right to housing. In an official statement, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin indicated that a draft law would implement the legal right in two stages — first for those ...[read more]
December 14, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Wisconsin and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law. The controversial law states that any qualified voter must present photo identification at the ...[read more]
January 12, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, rendering the national legal system and government largely non-operational. The earthquake was estimated to have resulted in the death of 230,000 people, in the injury of 300,000 people and in the ...[read more]

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