October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to ...[read more]
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]

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