UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Thursday that there have been a high number of human rights violations against journalists covering the ongoing civil war in Yemen.  The conflict began in March 2015. Since that time, the UN Human Rights Office has documented 357 human rights violations and abuses against journalists, including [...]

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The Foshan Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Canadian citizen Ye Jianhui to death Friday for manufacturing and transporting drugs. It was the fourth death sentence imposed on a Canadian by a Chinese court since Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies Company, was arrested in Vancouver in 2018 on a US warrant. The death [...]

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The United States Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions Friday on 11 Hong Kong and mainland China officials over their involvement in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and curtailing citizens’ freedom of expression and assembly through the implementation of the National Security Law. Among those sanctioned is Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, characterized by the Treasury [...]

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A federal judge has ordered all detainees at the Mesa Verde Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) center to be tested for coronavirus. The decision issued Thursday was a result of a class action suit brought by detainees alleging that ICE had refused to take any meaningful action to mitigate the spread of coronavirus throughout the [...]

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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong filed a lawsuit Friday challenging his disqualification from the country’s legislative council general election. On July 30th, Hong Kong authorities barred Wong and 11 other pro-democracy activists from the elections, which were due to be held in September. Endorsing the decision of its returning officer,  the Hong Kong government [...]

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Bar exam technology company Extegrity has announced that it will not offer remote proctoring services for October 2020 bar exams. In a statement posted by Bar Exam Tracker on Twitter Thursday, Extegrity said that the decision to hold extensive remote bar exams across the country in October would make it difficult to properly proctor the [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions against Chinese mobile applications TikTok and WeChat late on Thursday, invoking his emergency economic powers under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act, and 3 U.S. Code § 301. Trump stated that the spread of Chinese mobile apps throughout the US “threaten the national security, [...]

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Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has been placed under house arrest by order of the Supreme Court of Colombia while he is being tried for procedural fraud and witness tampering. Uribe served as President of Colombia from 2002-2010 before being elected senator. During that time, Uribe allegedly supported the formation of paramilitary death squads. In [...]

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The Portuguese Constitutional Court (TC) has ruled that the Azores Islands’ mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors is unconstitutional. In a decision released Wednesday, the court found that the authorities were treating visitors as if they were serving short-term prison sentences. On March 26, the Azores government declared that all passengers who arrived in the Azores Islands [...]

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