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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Schuette v. Bamn

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

6-2 decision by the Supreme Court that Michigan’s constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action considerations in university admissions decisions is constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department


Human Rights and Democracy: The 2013 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Sex Issues

The British human rights report.  Describes British efforts to defend human rights and promote democracy around the world.  Includes sections on human rights situation in 28 countries of concern and preventing sexual violence initiative.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Command Paper Cm 8842.


Freedom Now Project: Images from the Summer of 1963, Farmville, Va.

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,History,Virginia Issues

Introduces a series of photos from 1963 civil rights protests in Farmville, Virginia on behalf of desegregating restaurants and movie theaters.  Contains link to photo display on Flickr.  From Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries


Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Driver’s Licenses, and Other State-Issued ID: Select Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Discusses the basic legal principles involving in state decisions permitting or denying those unlawfully in the country to have a driver’s license or some equivalent.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Financial Aid: Legal Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

Reviews controversies concerning eligibility for certain college benefits for those in the country unlawfully.  Covers the basic legal principles, state restrictions on access to higher education and state measures which grant access.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: A Brief Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of proposals for reform of the FISC and the legal implications. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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