Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Asylum Trends 2014

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Immigration/Migration,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unhcr.org/551128679.html

Documents an alarming rise in the number of individual seeking asylum during 2014.  Summarizes patterns and trends in the number of individual asylum claims processed in Europe and selected non-European countries.  From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/575/13-895/opinion3.html

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that overturns a lower court ruling on state redistricting.  Those challenging the law said that the Republican-led legislature packed minority voters into a few districts thereby limiting minority voting power.  From Justia

 

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Improve Law Enforcement at Virginia ABC

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Youth

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=8030

Press release with text of Executive Order 40 (2015) calling for improved training of all ABC special agents in regard to use of force, cultural diversity, interaction with youth, and community policing.  Action follows recent controversial arrest of African American youth by ABC officers in Charlottesville. From the Office of the Governor

 

2014 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Energy,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2014/239362.htm

Describes U.S. efforts in the past year to promote principles that guide oil, gas, and mining companies in providing security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights.  From the State Department

 

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2014 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/410646/HRR_2014_Final_Digital.pdf

The annual human rights report of the British government.  Cites 27 countries as countries of concern for human rights violations.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 9027

 

Department of Justice Report Regarding the Criminal Investigation into the Shooting Death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf

Announces that the evidence does not support bringing federal civil rights charges against Officer Wilson.  Presents the evidence from witness statements, the autopsies, blood, and ballistics and explains the relevant law. From the Justice Department

 

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report_1.pdf

Finds that the Ferguson Missouri police department engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the First, Fourth, and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.  Discusses the evidence and what remedies should be implemented.  One of two reports issued on the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. From the Justice Department

 

 

Recommendations Assessment Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.pclob.gov/library/Recommendations_Assessment-Report.pdf

22 recommendations directed at the executive branch, Congress, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on the implementation of provisions of the PATRIOT Act, specifically the Section 215 Telephone Records and the Section 702 Surveillance programs.  Scolds the administration for not ending the NSA’s telephone records program.  From the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

 

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