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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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Federal judge temporarily blocks transgender bathroom access guidelines
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] on Sunday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] federal guidelines that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom according to the gender with which they identify. Judge Reed O’Connor found that the federal government overstepped its authority in issuing the guidance [press release] in May. A group of 13 states challenged the guidelines [JURIST report]. In his 38-page order granting the motion for preliminary injunction, O'Connor concluded that, "Defendants failed to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act by: (1) foregoing the Administrative Procedures Act's notice and comment... Full Story››
Philippines president threatens to leave UN following criticism
[JURIST] Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday threatened to withdraw the country from the UN following criticisms against his controversial crackdown on the illegal drugs. Since taking office, Duterte has used extreme methods [CNN report] to dispose of anyone connected to the nations illegal drug trade. Duterte has ordered the police force to hunt down criminals and kill them should they refuse to surrender. The UN recently stated [UN report] that over 850 people have so far been killed as a result of Duterte's campaign. UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard stated that Duterte must abide by his international obligations and... Full Story››
Iraq executes 36 convicts involved in the Speicher Massacre
[JURIST] Officials in the Iraqi province of Dhi Qar on Sunday administered the hanging of 36 men convicted for their participation in the Speicher massacre of 2014. The event infamously involved the kidnapping and killing [Guardian report] of 1,700 military recruits by Sunni militants claimed to be members of the Islamic State (IS). The massacre has since been known as one of the greatest IS atrocities in the country. The executions were performed in Dhi Qar's Nasiriyah prison and overseen by governor Yahya al-Nasseri and the justice minister. Al-Nasseri has recently fast-tracked the execution of convicted terrorists following last month's... Full Story››
UN concerned for health of Palestinian detainee
A United Nations (UN) [official website] official on Saturday expressed deep concern for the health of Bilal Kayed, a Palestinian detainee that has been on hunger strike for more than two months [UN News Centre report]. Robert Piper [official profile], the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied Palestinian territory, released his statement [text, PDF] and called the situation "an egregious case." Kayed was set to be released after serving a 14.5-year prison sentence, but he was placed on administrative detention and has not been released, charged or given any form of trial. Kayed began his... Full Story››
UN alarmed by catastrophic levels of suffering in Nigeria
The United Nations (UN) [official website] on Friday said that it is becoming increasingly alarmed by "catastrophic" levels of suffering in Nigeria, as more rights violations are being exposed while the anti-Boko Haram military campaign advances [UN News Centre report]. Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] stated [press briefing],While many areas are still beyond reach, in Borno and Yobe States the picture of suffering is shocking. There are numerous reports of human rights violations, including deaths, sexual violence, disappearances, forced recruitment, forced religious conversions and attacks on civilian sites.... Full Story››