Latest Human rights and civil liberties News

DOJ settles lawsuit with New Jersey over voter registration

Aug. 05, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the state of New Jersey over voter registration opportunities for customers of disability transportation services. The lawsuit claimed disability transportation...

University of Montana sued over alleged sex discrimination

Aug. 05, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by three former and one current university employee accuses the University of Montana of sex-based discrimination. The Missoulian reported the suit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday alleges the...

US to probe Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

Aug. 05, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it was launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. The investigation into the City of...

Appeals court upholds Tennessee's abortion waiting-period

Aug. 05, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, arguing that opponents had failed to identify instances where a woman had been significantly burdened by the requirement. The decision comes after a lower federal...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....

Michigan State AD Beekman to take on new role at school

Aug. 05, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The man hired by Michigan State to replace the school’s athletic director who retired following the sex abuse scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar has a new job. Bill Beekman is moving this fall from vice president and AD to a...

7 Western nations condemn Russian forces in Georgia areas

Aug. 05, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western nations are marking Saturday's 13th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with renewed condemnation of Moscow’s “illegal military presence” in two Georgia regions and calls for the withdrawal of its forces “without delay.” ...

2 men sue mayor, alleging Facebook ban unconstitutional

Aug. 05, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Two men have sued a Rhode Island mayor they allege violated their First Amendment rights by deleting critical posts they made on her Facebook page and then blocking them entirely, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island said Thursday. ...

Saudi case against Twitter user may have its roots in US

Aug. 05, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi humanitarian aid worker's anonymous Twitter account used for satire about Saudi Arabia's economy landed him in prison in the kingdom over three years ago. But the story may have roots in an elaborate ploy that began in Silicon...

EXPLAINER: How Cuomo might be impeached, removed from office

Aug. 05, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, buffeted by sexual harassment allegations, is increasingly looking like he could be impeached and removed from office — something that hasn't happened to the state's governor in nearly 108 years. A majority of members of...