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The Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE) has asked the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate individual world leaders and the World Health Organization (WHO) for alleged international crimes relating to COVID-19. The group states that past disease outbreaks, including SARS, suggest that the Director-General of the WHO should have notified [...]

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The Paris Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Felicien Kabuga’s request to be released on bail pending his trial for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Kabuga is accused of financing and arming the Interahamwe militia, the militia responsible for the massacre of approximately 800,000 members of the Rwandan Tutsi [...]

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Friday that his office is charging former police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Freeman also announced a possibility of subsequent charges as review of the evidence continues. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension took Chauvin into custody on Friday morning. Chauvin [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday denied the Trump administration’s request to continue Keystone XL Pipeline construction. This decision will delay pipeline construction until the Ninth Circuit renders its final decision. The Ninth Circuit’s denial follows after the Montana District Court revoked construction permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline in [...]

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Italian magistrates placed Uber Italia under special administration Friday over food deliverer exploitation allegations, according to Reuters. Italian authorities have placed the company under special administration to investigate reports of underpaid food delivery workers. Anonymous sources allege that Uber paid over 1,000 deliverers only three euros per hour. The sources also allege that Uber paid [...]

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China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday adopted a decision to establish and improve legislation on and enforcement of Hong Kong’s national security. This decision imposes a duty upon the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security. HKSAR was previously required to complete national security legislation under the Basic Law of the [...]

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US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Thursday aimed at preventing online censorship. This order increases the government’s ability to regulate social media platforms. The executive order also clarified the scope of immunity from liability that was created by section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act. The immunity does not protect those who [...]

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Groups in Kentucky brought a federal lawsuit Thursday over Kentucky’s failure to adapt voting regulations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Covington & Burling, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, [...]

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Associate Chief Justice H. Holmes of the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled against Meng Wanzhou on Wednesday in her challenge to extradition to the US. She argued that the “double criminality” requirement for her extradition to the Eastern District of New York could not be met because her conduct related entirely to conduct in [...]

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Thirty-seven current prosecutors and 12 current and retired police chiefs and sheriffs filed an amicus curiae brief Thursday in support medically vulnerable plaintiffs seeking immediate release or transfer from Elkton Federal Correctional Institution (FCI-Elkton) in Ohio. Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit last month after at least nine individuals in custody died of COVID-19, and [...]

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