October 1, 2014
by William Helbling
Oklahoma women's healthcare providers on Tuesday filed suit in state court stating that Oklahoma's laws restricting non-surgical abortion procedures are unconstitutional. The petitioners claim that Oklahoma House Bill 2684 "is an unconstitutional intrusion on women's reproductive rights that will ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been sexually exploiting and assaulting Somali women, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The abuses have allegedly occurred on two AMISOM military bases in the Somalian city of Mogadishu. According to the report, Ugandan and ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge ruled Thursday that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person voting violates the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. US District Court Judge Peter Economus ordered Ohio to restore the full 35 days, including the "golden week" where residents can register to ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and ...[read more]
August 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Louisiana abortion clinic Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to block a law that requires doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which would likely force clinics to shut ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Two senior UN officials on Wednesday strongly condemned sexual violence by Islamic State (IS) militants against minorities in areas under their control. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the ...[read more]

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