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'Attacks and killings': human rights activists at growing risk, study claims

Human rights activists being attacked and killed

Human rights defenders who challenge big corporations are being killed, assaulted, harassed and suppressed in growing numbers, researchers have claimed.

A survey by the Business and Human Rights Resource Center recorded a 34% global rise in attacks against human rights activists last year, including 120 alleged murders and hundreds of other cases involving threats, assaults and intimidation. The number of incidents were found to have risen sharply, with 388 attacks recorded in 2017 compared with 290 the previous year.

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Forced to marry her rapist at 11, woman finally changes Florida marriage law

Forced to marry rapist at 11, woman gets childmarriage outlawed in FLA woman who was 11 when she was forced to marry her rapist has worked for six years to ban child marriages in Florida. On Friday, she was hailed as a hero after the Legislature passed a bill prohibiting marriage for anyone under 17.

State lawmakers have repeatedly cited Sherry Johnson as an inspiration to change the law. She watched in the House gallery as the bill passed the House on a 109-1 vote, then stood as representatives turned to face her and applauded.

“My heart is happy,” she said afterward. “My goal was to protect our children and I feel like my mission has been accomplished. This is not about me. I survived.”

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Israel passes law to strip residency of Jerusalem's Palestinians

Israel's Interior Minister Aryeh Deri

The Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.

The bill, ratified on Wednesday, will also apply in cases where residency status was obtained on the basis of false information, and in cases where "an individual committed a criminal act" in the view of the interior ministry.

Under the new measure, Israel's Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox political party Shas, will be able to strip the residency documents of any Palestinian whom he deems a threat.

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UN: 12 million girls married during childhood annually

UN: 12 million girls married during childhood annually

At least 12 million girls are married during childhood, under the age of 18, annually, according to new data from the UN.

A report by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released on Tuesday revealed that while there is a decrease in the global percentage of child marriages, more than 150 million additional girls will be married before their 18th birthday by 2030.

Anju Malhotra, UNICEF's principal gender adviser, said although "any reduction is welcome news ... we've got a long way to go."

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High court: Detained immigrants not entitled to bond hearing

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court says immigrants the government has detained and is considering deporting aren't entitled by law to a bond hearing after six months in detention and then every six months if they're still being held.

The justices on Tuesday overturned a decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had said the immigrants were entitled to bond hearings.

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U.S. appeals court says Title VII covers discrimination based on sexual orientation

Title VII covers sexual orientationA U.S. appeals court in Manhattan on Monday ruled that a federal law banning sex bias in the workplace also prohibits discrimination against gay employees, becoming only the second court to do so.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled prior decisions and said that a worker’s sex is necessarily a factor in discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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US Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump bid to end DACA

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump bid to end DACA

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an attempt by the Donald Trump administration to have it intervene in the legal fight over a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Supreme Court justices said on Monday they would not hear the government's challenge to a federal court injunction issued last month blocking Trump's effort to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

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