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Super Grieve strikes again: Tory human rights plans would be “devastating” for the UK

Dominic Grieve QC was appointed as the Coalition Government’s Attorney General in May 2010. He remained in post until July 2014 when he was sacked. He said he would “happily” have stayed on, but the reality was that he could not support the Conservative Party’s radical plans to reform UK human rights law.  Since then […]

Why Birth and Death are Simultaneous for Women in South Africa

There is a rural area in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa where the maternal mortality rate more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Why are women so at risk for dying during childbirth in this province? The reasons are complex and … Please continue reading.

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. She requested a light-duty position so she would not have to lift heavy packages. Sounds...Show More Summary

Women’s Solutions For Climate Change

Recently, MADRE was invited to participate in the Marion Institute’s 10th annual “Connecting for Change” conference. The conference’s purpose was to inspire diverse communities to take action on environmental and social justice issues. Show More Summary

A Modest Proposal: The Universal Christmas Bonus

L ast year, Paul Ryan passed along this made up story: This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson. She serves in the cabinet of my buddy Governor Scott Walker. She once met a young boy from a poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. Show More Summary

Congressional GOP Leaders Figure Out How to Temporarily Tame Conservative Beast

It looks like Republican leaders in Congress have settled on a way forward that (they hope) will fund the government, avoid a shutdown controversy, and not give up the fight against Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Here's...Show More Summary

Low Oil Prices Are History's Greatest Case of Market Failure

R emember "Peak Oil?" The world was running out of oil, we were told: Prices would soon skyrocket, and we had better find other fuels. Well, that argument didn't work out so well for environmentalists, did it? As oil reserves and those of other carbon fuels became scarce and prices rose, the law of supply and demand kicked in. Show More Summary

Tunisia Promises Better Protection for Women’s Rights

By: Jihane Bergaoui, Amnesty International USA, Country Specialist for Morocco and the Western Sahara This past week I traveled to Tunisia to watch my colleagues from Amnesty Tunisia hand deliver over 198,000 signed petitions from Amnesty International members worldwide, calling on … Please continue reading.

Tenancy notice to quit rule not in breach of Convention rights: Supreme Court

Sims v Dacorum Borough Council and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Interested Party) 12 November  [2014] UKSC 63 – read judgment A husband had no right to remain in a local authority property as a sole tenant after his wife had left and given notice to the local authority landlord quitting the […]

Why domestic Aarhus rules are not wide enough to comply with the Convention

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v. Venn, Court of Appeal, 27 November 2014  - read judgment   Back to Aarhus and the constant problem we have in the UK making sure that the cost of planning and environmental litigation is not prohibitively expensive. Article 9 of the Aarhus Convention (to which the EU has subscribed) says […]

Let’s put the 16 Days campaign out of business

We all know how unfortunately easy it is to find innumerable instances of violence against women occurring on a daily basis in every part of the world. A three-year old rape survivor in Afghanistan, hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria, … Please continue reading.

How to Say 'Conservative Backlash' in Hebrew

I srael's government is on the edge of collapse. The prime minister and senior cabinet members are trading insults as if they are already campaigning against each other. OK, that's fairly normal. Israeli coalitions are unstable partnerships of enemies. Show More Summary

Chris Rock Explains Why Privacy Matters

In an interview published on New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog, Chris Rock and Frank Rich have a very interesting discussion about the effect of ubiquitous cell phones on the creative process for stand-up comics. Although as Rock says...Show More Summary

Nationwide Ferguson Protests Don't Halt For the Holidays

T hanksgiving in America is a hallowed tradition; Thursday is for eating the traditional dinner of turkey and mashed potatoes, and the next day is for the frenzy of commerce known as Black Friday. But this year, the holiday weekend looked...Show More Summary

My Mother is in Prison for Standing up for Human Rights in China

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, 22-year-old Liao Minyue, tells their story. My mother, Liu Ping, was just an ordinary Chinese woman with a kind heart. … Please continue reading.

ACLU Fights for Limits on Secret Phone Tracking

In March of this year, Robert Harrison had a cell phone with him while he was inside his home. Though he has kept and used a cell phone as long as any of us, this time, things were different. Unbeknownst to Harrison, Baltimore police...Show More Summary

Inherently Uncertain: Is there authority for that? Questions over Birmingham’s Grooming Injunctions

Over the last month Mr Justice Keehan has made a series of injunctions at the behest of Birmingham City Council designed to protect a vulnerable child in care from being groomed. It seems that the Orders are of such breadth that they are believed to have entered uncharted territory but there are questions whether there […]

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