Stories: Law

  • The Long Road to Justice for Lesotho’s Former Miners

    A recent landmark ruling in South Africa will change the face of mining, but it may take years for it to help foreign-born miners. The ruling, issued this spring, allows former mineworkers to form class-action lawsuits against mining companies for exposing them to conditions that caused high rates of silicosis and tuberculosis. But miners from the nation of Lesotho — ...

  • How Was Your Day… Sufi Law Student in Mali?

    Boubacar O Keita Bamako, Mali I got up at one o’clock this morning, like every morning, to pray with my fellow disciples. Our living space is upstairs, but our guide, Sheikh Bilal, leads prayers in the mosque room on the ground floor. We kneel together under the Quranic inscriptions and chant the names of Allah. The meditation...

  • Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2013

      The Nigerian SSMB 2013 was passed by the House of Representatives on May 30th.  It is now in the hands of President Goodluck Jonathan who must decide whether or not to sign it into law. The US and UK have both stated that passage of the Bill would compromise some aspects of aid, possibly HIV/AIDS funding but...

  • Persecution and Death Threats to Haitian Camp Activist and Human Rights Lawyer

    Following the death in police custody of camp resident, Civil Meris on April 15, 2013, Jean-Louis Elijah (Elie) Joseph and Esther Pierre of Camp Acra and Adoquin in Delmas 33, along with the camps' lawyer, Patrice Florvilus of Defenders of the Oppressed, are now living under threat of arrest and believe their lives are in danger.  It seems pertinent to...

  • In New Delhi, Sikhs Take to the Streets Almost 30 Years After the Riots

    For the past two weeks, a long stretch of the road leading to Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory in central Delhi, has been witness to ongoing protests by members of the Sikh community here.  Hundreds of protests have choked the streets, marched onto the parliament building, and crowded around the home of the ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi. ...