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]
August 1, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the international community to end what she called a "climate of impunity" around the Israel-Palestine conflict. In light of the bombardment of a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday, Pillay called for "real accountability considering ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in eight cases Tuesday. In Young v. United Parcel Service the court will consider whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant ...[read more]
May 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing." Farzana Iqbal was killed by her family outside of a Pakistani court in the city of Lahore because she had chosen to marry ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and that ...[read more]
April 28, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Florida State University College of Law discusses the Florida Supreme Court's recent decision recognizing that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women ... As JURIST reported, Florida recently joined a handful of states that recognize ...[read more]

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