January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. She was ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Eight Republican and Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would end US travel restrictions on Cuba. The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, would also end financial transaction restrictions on travel between the two countries. The ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UK High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a claim that procedural regulations, known as CLA(P) Regulation 33, unlawfully restrict domestic violence victims' access to legal aid. Under the regulations, domestic violence victims seeking to obtain legal aid must first provide specific types ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, however, notes ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation that will require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship test before they are able to graduate, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Supporters from the Arizona State Legislature introduced the American ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by William Helbling
A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted the new bill as the best course of action to protect US national ...[read more]

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