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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt another blow on Monday when Speaker of the House John Bercow refused to allow him to present his new Brexit agreement for a second floor vote, citing parliamentary rules that prevent members from bringing the same legislation for a vote multiple times. Johnson was able to broker a [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called Friday for the release of thousands of people recently arrested en masse in Egypt in response to several peaceful protests at the end of September. The OHCHR stated that Egypt violated the protesters’ rights to due process as well as freedom of assembly [...]

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The New York Attorney General’s suit against multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil started on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, a trial-level New York court. The Attorney General filed a complaint in October 2018 under General Business Law §352, Executive Law § 63(12) and for common law fraud. The suit alleges that Exxon falsely [...]

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The Minnesota branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in state court on Monday seeking to overturn a law that denies felons who are on probation the right to vote. The suit claims the law violates equal protection, due process and voting rights guaranteed by the state constitution. Minnesota automatically disenfranchises [...]

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Northern Ireland’s new abortion laws took effect Tuesday after lawmakers sat in assembly Monday aiming to halt their implementation. The Speaker rejected efforts to introduce preventative legislation, citing procedural concerns. It is reasonable to say that it cannot be considered good practice to seek to take legislation through the House on a given day without [...]

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi distributed a “fact sheet” on Monday, amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry, outlining what her office describes as a gross abuse of power by President Donald Trump. The fact sheet reveals developments from the whistleblower complaint, which stated that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice [...]

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Amnesty International released their inaugural report on the performance of three regional human rights institutions in Africa on Monday, finding low compliance with the final decisions of the regional mechanisms. Although many states have consistently promised to comply, the report found that overall the states have failed to follow through. For example, the African Court [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated a ruling by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that had declared the Republican-drawn electoral map unconstitutional, remanding the case to the lower court. The Michigan suit had been brought by Democratic voters who alleged that the electoral map deliberately advantaged Republicans. In April [...]

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