Legal news from Sunday, June 5, 2011

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] has been urged to stop deportations to Haiti on humanitarian grounds. More than 3,000 Americans signed a letter [text, PDF] sent to the president on Thursday, claiming that deportees are immediately imprisoned upon return to Haiti and can suffer illness-related deaths as a … [read more]

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] by UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo [official profile, DOC] has said that there is a continued prevalence of violence and discriminatory treatment of women in the US, with a heightened impact on poor, minority and immigrant women. The 28-page report, delivered Wednesday, says the US … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday expressed concern [press release] over the arrests of dozens of civilians by Libyan opposition authorities. HRW called on the National Transitional Council (NTC), the opposition ruling body in Libya with de facto control over eastern Libya, to provide civilian detainees with … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] on Saturday voted 20-16 [roll call] to pass a bill that provides protection for gender identity under the state's existing anti-discrimination laws. An Act Concerning Discrimination [HB 6599 text] alters existing law by including "gender identity or expression" as a protected trait for all … [read more]

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