Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer for women’s rights even before she was on the Supreme Court

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a Supreme Court justice, she was widely acknowledged as a trailblazer in establishing women’s rights. As a lawyer who played a prominent role in several Supreme Court cases, Ginsburg’s work against sex discrimination helped to change the way we all think about women. In 1971, Ginsburg wrote a brief that persuaded […]

Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook

Enlarge / Johann Sebastian Bach. (credit: Elias Gottlob Haussmann) Sony Music Entertainment has been forced to abandon its claim that it owned 47 seconds of video of musician James Rhodes using his own piano to play music written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Last week, Rhodes recorded a short video of himself playing a portion of […]

Spain to ‘honor’ sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia despite halting it over rights groups outcry

Just about a week after halting a bombs’ sale to Riyadh following a widespread indignation over Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing in Yemen, the Spanish government said it would still go ahead with the deal. “The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by […]

European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is the latest to deem the UK government’s mass surveillance program unlawful. Judges ruled the “bulk interception regime” violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression. It said there was “insufficient oversight” over what communications UK agencies were collecting and also noted that there were “inadequate” safeguards […]

US human rights allegations against China incite Muslim extremism – govt paper

The recent request by some US lawmakers to sanction Chinese officials over their alleged abuse of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang can be seen by extremists as a call to action, China’s state-run tabloid said. The Global Times, an influential Chinese tabloid, published by the Communist Party’s Peoples’ Daily newspaper, warned Washington against applying its […]

Saudi Arabia has expelled the Canadian ambassador and is freezing new trade with the country in an escalating feud over human rights

Getty Images/Business Insider Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador and frozen all new trade and investment with Ottawa over an escalating dispute centered on jailed human rights activists. The feud appears to have begun on Friday, when Global Affairs Canada tweeted that it was “gravely concerned” about a new wave of arrests in the Kingdom targeting […]

EU citizens are ‘far from’ having their rights secured after Brexit

Getty Brexit committee of MPs calls on the government to provide more information on the “settled status” scheme for EU citizens living in the UK. A deal on citizens rights is “far from” done, MPs of the Exiting the European Union Committee warned. EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU are […]

Nikki Haley calls Human Rights Council UN's 'greatest failure' in bid to justify US exit

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has launched another attack on the UN human rights body, calling it a failure for listing such countries as China and Cuba among its members. She had no qualms about Saudi Arabia, though. Haley was speaking at the Heritage Foundation think tank, explaining the reasons for the US […]

Roe v. Wade probably won’t get overturned — but here’s what could happen to slowly chip away at abortion rights if the Supreme Court becomes largely conservative

Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would solidify a 5-4 conservative majority if he were confirmed.  This makeup of the court has many pro-abortion-rights activists concerned that abortion access and even the landmark case Roe v. Wade could be in danger. Legal experts, however, told Business […]