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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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#MeToo movement in South Korea spreads to academic sector

#MeToo movement in S Korea spreads to academia The #MeToo movement in South Korea has spread from the cultural to academic sector, as students and alumni come forward with stories of sexual assault or harassment under authoritative figures, JTBC reported.

This comes after veteran actors Jo Jae-hyun and Yun Ho-jin, admitted to sexually harassing women during their decades-long careers.

Both actors cancelled their upcoming production plans after the scandal.

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State Department report will trim language on women's rights, discrimination

Rex Tillerson pares language on human rights and family planning

State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women’s reproductive rights and discrimination, according to five former and current department officials.

The directive calls for stripping passages that describe societal views on family planning, including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion.

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Israel jails first asylum seekers refusing deportation

Israel jails first group of asylum seekers

Seven Eritrean asylum seekers have been transferred to an Israeli prison indefinitely after refusing to be deported to Rwanda, Israeli human rights groups reported.

The asylum seekers are the first to be placed in indefinite detention since the Israeli government announced it would force tens of thousands of African migrants to choose between deportation to a third country or incarceration for an unspecified length of time.

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