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  • Virginia Lawmakers pass bill repealing abortion restrictions
    Virginia’s General Assembly passed a bill that repealed many of the State’s restrictions on abortion on Wednesday. House Bill 980, also known as the Reproductive Health Protection Act, received final passage from the House of Delegates and was sent to Governor Ralph Northam for final approval on Wednesday. HB 980, which had initially passed the […]
  • South Carolina students sue state over anti-LGBTQ sex education legislation
    The Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Campaign for Southern Equality and the South Carolina Equality Coalition, Inc. filed a lawsuit Wednesday for injunctive and declaratory relief against South Carolina over an anti-LGBTQ sex education state statute. The law in question “provides that local public school districts may not include in their health education any ‘discussion […]
  • Supreme Court rules for defendant in sentencing challenge
    The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Holguin-Hernandez v. United States that petitioner Gonzalo Holguin-Hernandez properly preserved the claim that his 12-month sentence for drug trafficking was unreasonably long. The government asked the court to find that Holguin-Hernandez had violated the conditions of his earlier term, to revoke it, and impose an additional consecutive prison […]
  • Virginia lawmakers approve LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill
    Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill, known as SB 868, which aims to protect LGBTQ people from unequal treatment. Virginia will become the first southern state to successfully add sexual orientation and gender identity to its statewide nondiscrimination law once the bill is approved and signed into law by Governor […]
  • US House approves anti-lynching legislation
    The US House of Representatives approved the Emmett Till Antilynching Act by a 410-4 majority Wednesday, aiming to make lynching a federal hate crime. The bill is named after 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African-American Chicago boy who was kidnapped and lynched while visiting family in Mississippi in 1955 after allegedly flirting with a white woman. […]

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  • UN report finds killings of women rights activists in Colombia increased by 50%
    A UN report published Wednesday found that in 2019, killings of women activists in Colombia increased by 50 percent and a total of 108 human rights defenders were killed. The UN documented specific killings of citizens who defended the rights of their communities. For instance, a woman named Magdelena was killed for defending land allocation and […]
  • UN rights chief calls for ‘unfettered access’ to China’s Xinjiang region
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Thursday for “unfettered access” to China’s Xinjiang region in a visit later this year. The region has been under deep criticism for forcibly holding Muslim groups and stripping them of their Islamic heritage. Despite this, the Chinese ambassador has dismissed allegations, stating that estimated to hold […]
  • UK Court of Appeal blocks plan for third runway at Heathrow Airport
    Plans for a third runway at Europe’s largest airport were blocked by the Court of Appeal on Thursday. The $18 billion plan for a third runway at Heathrow airport was set to permit an additional 260,000 flights per year, the Department for Transportation argued. They further said that the project would boost the British economy, […]
  • Europe rights court rules Azerbaijan imprisoned journalist to silence and punish her
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled Thursday that journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest and detention was an attempt to silence and punish her for her criticism of the Azerbaijani government. The court also ruled that the government’s actions violated several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court ruled that, because […]
  • Scotland lawmakers approve bill to provide free sanitary products to women
    The Scottish parliament approved a bill on Tuesday making sanitary products free to all women. The bill passed through the first stage of Scotland’s lawmaking process almost unanimously, with no opposition and only one abstention. Once enacted, the law would make women’s sanitary products freely available at designated public places. The bill, known as The […]

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