the republic logo
rss feed
Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • Gay rights group sends petition to IOC 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:39 am
  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland - More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:27 am
  • WASHINGTON - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • Martinsburg gun law changes get preliminary OK 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:19 am
  • MARTINSBURG, West Virginia - Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law.

  • End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:20 am
  • NEW YORK - Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

  • Racial slur found in theater owned by W.Va. State 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:23 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities.

  • AG, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:05 am
  • DETROIT - Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.

  • Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:04 am
  • DEARBORN, Michigan - A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.

  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:12 am
  • WASHINGTON - Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?

  • Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor's office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.

  • Union PAC donations, not names, ordered released 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:32 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's open records agency has ruled that the state government must disclose the amounts of donations to political action committees that are taken directly out of public-sector union workers' paychecks, but it does not have to make the donors' names public.

  • Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:14 pm
  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation.

  • Rhode Island Senate panel mulls gun-related bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island Senate committee took up gun legislation Tuesday, including a bill aimed at preventing people with severe mental illness from buying weapons and a proposal to ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons.

  • Governor signs surprise inspections abortion bill 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:50 pm
  • PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's signing of bill allowing for snap inspections at abortion clinics will likely lead to another legal battle.

  • 4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:13 pm
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

  • House kills bill to remove La.'s anti-sodomy law 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:02 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.

  • Court: Man can seek office despite conviction 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:59 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A split Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that allows a Des Moines man to run for state Senate and affirms that second-offense drunken driving is not an infamous crime as defined by the Iowa Constitution.

  • Judge takes up ban on domestic partner benefits 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:34 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

  • Colorado Democrats delay abortion-rights vote 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:22 pm
  • DENVER - Colorado Democrats launched an election-year showdown over abortion rights, then delayed their own proposal Tuesday to avoid a public defeat.

  • Rutherford: Dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an ex-employee alleging sexual harassment and forced political work on state time.

  • Indianapolis council shies away from weapons ban 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:30 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis City-County Council has defeated a ban on residents discharging weapons recreationally within city limits after hearing the measure likely would attract lawsuits.

  • Outdoor lovers vote to ban baiting, feeding 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:27 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Outdoor enthusiasts say Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.

  • Court expands legal rights for injured workers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.

  • Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:16 pm
  • OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

  • House rejects move notice to non-custodial parents 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:13 pm
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona House on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have made it more difficult for a divorced mother or father to move with the children without getting the approval of a court.