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Floods in Malawi Force Thousands of Families from Their Homes

Heavy rains have displaced 121,000 people, more than half of them children.

First, Stop The Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

  (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their...Show More Summary

'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

  (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  I...Show More Summary

Introducing… the Human Rights Information Project

Some exciting news. I have a new project. The aim is to change the face of human rights. I am looking for a paid Researcher/Project Coordinator to help me build it. Interested? Click here for the job description and how to apply (PDF). As readers of this blog will know, I often complain about bad human rights journalism. But inadequate reporting is a […]

FOIA Documents Reveal Massive DEA Program to Record American’s Whereabouts With License Plate Readers

The Drug Enforcement Administration has initiated a massive national license plate reader program with major civil liberties concerns but disclosed very few details, according to new DEA documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom...Show More Summary

On Women's Health, the House Trades One Bad Idea for Another

Watching Congress' actions toward women last week might leave you confused about what year it is. Instead of advancing a single policy designed to help women, the U.S. House of Representatives has chosen to attack women's health anyShow More Summary

Torture Is More “Fun” in the Philippines

Nerve Macaspac, Country Specialist for the Philippines, Amnesty International USA Torture not only remains prevalent in the country but has also become a form of entertainment for its police. In January 2014, Amnesty International revealed the discovery of a secret … Please continue reading.

Come Hear Me Talk About Sri Lanka

PSA: I’ll be participating in a screening and discussion of “No Fire Zone“, a documentary about the Sri Lankan Civil War, along with the director, Callum Macrae. It’s next Monday (2/2), 12:30-2pm in room 1512 at Columbia’s School of International and … Continue reading ?

Boko Haram at it again

Boko Haram militants attack key northern Nigerian city — FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) January 25, 2015

Will Justice Scalia Be the Savior of the Fair Housing Act?

Going into this week's argument in Inclusive Communities Project, a Supreme Court case that will determine the future of the Fair Housing Act, all eyes were on Justice Kennedy. It's often Justice Kennedy who casts the deciding vote in cases about the strength and breadth of civil rights laws. Show More Summary

WTF Friday, 1/23/2015

Here is a list of things I am genuinely confused about today: The International Commission of Inquiry for CAR has apparently recommended the establishment of a tribunal to try international crimes committed during the recent conflict there. Is this not … Continue reading ?

TTIP – more “foreign” judges criticising “our” laws?

Last week, on 15 January 2015, TTIP was debated in the House of Commons – see here. It is important for us all, but why? TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed trade agreement between the US, the EU, and various members of the EU including the UK. A sober account of its history and […]

Saudi Arabia: The Question on Everybody’s Mind

By Sevag Kechichian, Researcher on Saudi Arabia at Amnesty International. The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has, once again, focused international attention to the oil-rich Middle Eastern country’s human rights record. “What will be King Abdullah’s legacy?” … Please continue reading.

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.

Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not. Travelling by plane can be a long and grueling process under the best of circumstances. Show More Summary

Half-Baked Complaint Alleges Discrimination Where There is None

When Christian educator Bill Jack ordered a cake last year from Azucar, a Denver bakery, he had a special decoration request for owner Marjorie Silva. He wanted the cake to say "God Hates Gays" with a drawing to match. Silva refused,...Show More Summary

The Changing Face of the European Court of Human Rights: Public Lecture by Judge Paul Mahoney

Thursday 5 February 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta as well as the 50th anniversary of the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. To commemorate both of these milestones, the Human Rights Collegium at Queen Mary University of London will be hosting this special event. Paul Mahoney has been […]

One Vote Made the Difference for Guadalupe!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the very urgent social media action to free Guadalupe! Guadalupe is one of 17 Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison after suffering miscarriages. The only legal option … Please continue reading.

Who will be silenced next?

By Alicia Koutsoulieris, Case Coordinator for Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Palestinian Authority Freedom of speech has suffered a tragic start in 2015. As the world calls for the release of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, there is … Please continue reading.

Nonagenarian unlawfully detained in care home for nearly two years

Essex County Council v RF and Others (deprivation of liberty and damages) [2015] EWCOP 1 – read judgment The Court of Protection has castigated the actions of a County Council in depriving an old person of his liberty and dignity in their overreaction to reports that he might be subjected to financial exploitation. This, said […]

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