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This Week’s Spotlight on Human Rights


SCOTUS Will Decide if Homelessness is a Crime

On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass, the most significant court case about the rights of people experiencing homelessness in decades. At its core, Grants Pass will decide whether cities are allowed to punish people for things like sleeping outside with a pillow or blanket—even when there are no safe shelter options—posing potentially great risk to the 250,000 Americans who sleep outside on any given night.

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Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Battle Now Goes to Supreme Court

The controversy surrounding the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2023, seems not to be over as 22 aggrieved gay activists have petitioned the highest appeal court in the land, the Supreme Court. In their notice seen by this publication, the aggrieved appellants have raised 17 grounds of appeal against the ruling of the Constitutional Court that they want the Supreme Court to resolve.

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UN Plastics Treaty Should Mandate Protection of Human Rights and Health

Next week in Ottawa, countries will reconvene to continue negotiations on an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. A revised draft of the treaty published by the United Nations Environment Programme on December 28, 2023, contains certain positive measures to reduce plastic production. However, it lacks the necessary provisions to protect human rights and health from the impacts of plastic pollution, especially for frontline communities and those who are most vulnerable.

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