Human Rights

286 ABA Journal Human Rights articles.

Privacy and accuracy concerns about remote temperature screening raised by ACLU
Devices designed to measure a person’s temperature from afar have been touted as a way to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the claims may be unrealistic, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
‘Mrs. America’ and the renewed focus on the Equal Rights Amendment

“In a world where multiple sexual orientations and gender identities are becoming more accepted in mainstream culture, it seems past time for the ERA to finally become law,” writes Oklahoma lawyer Adam Banner.

IT manager’s age-bias suit says he was falsely accused and fired by BigLaw firm
A 62-year-old IT manager at Shearman & Sterling alleges in an age-bias lawsuit that he was wrongly accused of taking vendor kickbacks and fired without further explanation.
Afternoon Briefs: 6th Circuit won’t delay inmate transfer; sheriff declines to enforce stay-at-home order

6th Circuit refuses to delay inmate transfer

On Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati refused to delay the transfer of more than 800 medically vulnerable inmates…

Afternoon Briefs: Congress asked for COVID-19 lawsuit curbs; law school cuts pay for staff and faculty

Lobbyists seek COVID-19 lawsuit curbs

Lobbying groups for U.S. businesses are asking Congress to curb liability for companies that could face lawsuits in connection with COVID-19. The U.S. Chamber of…

Pandemic power plays: Civil liberties in the time of COVID-19

The power to respond to a public health crisis exists in the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, regulations and case law. But the way they fit together is not always clear, especially in the wake of a modern-day global crisis.

Now more than ever, human rights defenders must be released from detention

In the interest of flattening the COVID-19 curve, upholding the fundamental rights of detainees and enhancing national security, human rights defenders arbitrarily detained for their legitimate rights work should be…

Emergency petition asks Supreme Court to allow medication abortions in Texas
Abortion providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow medication abortions in Texas through 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Afternoon Briefs: Female topless ban upheld; is requiring stamp on mail-in ballot a poll tax?

Judge upholds beach town’s female topless ban

U.S. District Judge James Bredar has upheld a ban in Ocean City, Maryland, on women exposing their breasts in public. Bredar, an appointee…

Afternoon Briefs: Chinese human rights lawyer released; AG Barr orders increased home confinement

Chinese human rights lawyer is released from prison

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from prison after nearly five years in custody, according to his wife, Li…

Where and how are criminal defense lawyers making headway on COVID-19 bail motions?

“Releasing a few people at a time, after litigating pretrial release conditions, is frankly too slow. It’s important work but not nearly enough. Once the coronavirus enters a detention center, it’s too late; it will spread like wildfire,” says Aaron Littman, a clinical teaching fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS Comcast case is a serious loss for civil rights

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on March 23 in Comcast v. National Association of African American Owned Media is a significant setback for civil rights plaintiffs. Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky explains what the case did and why it matters.

As exposed health care workers seek legal remedies, who’s liable for lack of personal protective equipment?

Doctors and nurses across the country are asking about legal remedies they may have because of exposure to COVID-19 and a lack of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Invariably, their main concern is the dangers to which they’re being exposed.

Lawyer fights for human rights in the nation of Georgia

“Being a female lawyer in Georgia is a constant struggle against stereotypes. Many people brag about our cultural traditions for respecting women in my country, but in reality, these traditions are used to marginalize women from community decision-making,” writes Anna Arganashvili, a human rights lawyer.

Judge says US failed to promptly release detained immigrant children from ‘hotbeds for contagion’
A federal judge in Los Angeles has found that the federal government failed to promptly release immigrant children from detention facilities that are “hotbeds for contagion.”

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