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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Glossip v. Gross

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-7955

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected a challenge to the death penalty brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma.  The inmates alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam led to violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the United Kingdom

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/LLN-2015-0016/LLN-2015-0016.pdf

Focuses on recent political developments relating to human rights alongside the concerns of crime prevention and national security in Great Britain.  House of Lords Library Note

 

Obergefell v. Hodges

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-556

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to  marry  wherever they live.  The ruling overthrew restrictions on same sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Discrimination and Violence Against Individuals Based on Their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Sex Issues,United Nations

http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/HRC/29/23&referer=/english/&Lang=E

Draws on recent findings of UN bodies and other organizations to update a 2011 report and proposes ways to reduce discrimination and violence against LGBT individuals.  From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Terrorism,Women

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

Annual report on how the U.S. government views the human rights records of other countries.  The 2014 report aims harsh criticism at Iran and non-state terrorist organizations such as ISIL, Boko Haram, and al-Qaeda.  From the State Department

 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/13-1371.pdf

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the 1968 Fair Housing Act provides broad protection against housing discrimination and segregation.  The decision allows for so-called “disparate impact” claims against lending practices and housing policy that may promote housing segregation without overt intent.  The case involved the distribution of tax credits for low-income housing.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Israel,Middle East Conflict,United Nations

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIGazaConflict/Pages/ReportCoIGaza.aspx

Suggests that possible war crimes were committed by both Palestinian and Israeli armed groups during the 51 day conflict.  Includes both the report and detailed findings of the Commission.  From the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-144

5-4 Supreme Court decision that a state could restrict a message on state-issued license plates without infringing free speech rights.  The case was brought by the Sons of Confederate Veterans against the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board which had rejected its specialty license design featuring a Confederate battle flag.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

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