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Free speech organization Article 19 released its 2024 Global Expression Report (GER) on Tuesday showing that more than half of the world’s population is “living through a freedom of expression crisis,” unable to speak freely. In 2023, the percentage of people living in this crisis rose to 53 percent, or about 4 billion people. This [...]

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Politically motivated crimes in Germany were at an all-time high in 2023, the highest since the German government started tracking them in 2001, according to a Tuesday report published by the country’s Federal Ministry of Interior. A total of 60,028 politically motivated crimes were recorded last year. While the overall number of politically motivated crimes [...]

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Over 50 civil society organizations urged the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in a Wednesday open letter to ensure that any forfeited assets from its landmark case against construction materials company Lafarge are directed to support victims and survivors of atrocity crimes associated with Syria. The letter expressed grave concerns that money from the case [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday against Bulgaria in Mandev and Others v Bulgaria, a case relating to unfair and unjustified forfeiture of assets as proceeds of crime and high court fees. In this case, the court joined five applications in a single judgment. First is the application of Mandev, who [...]

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Amnesty International UK criticised the House of Lords on Wednesday for their failure to strike down clauses in a vote earlier in the week, which strip away human rights protections for prisoners. They have warned of a “sinister trend” of human rights being “switched off, ” with prisoners being the latest group to be targeted. [...]

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30,000 Taiwanese demonstrators surrounded the Legislative Yuan, the island’s parliament, on Tuesday protesting against the legislative majority’s attempts to enact new laws by allegedly violating procedural justice and the island’s constitution. The controversies surround two bills, the parliamentary reform and a transport network bill, with a proposed cost of nearly $62 billion, equal to the [...]

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The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights heard expert evidence on recent European Court of Human Rights judgments surrounding climate change and its relevance to human rights on Wednesday. While the meeting particularly emphasised the effects these judgments will have on the UK, the experts also discussed the contents of climate-related judgments and their [...]

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Thailand’s National Museum hosted a welcome-home ceremony on Tuesday for two ancient statues illegally trafficked from Thailand by a British antiquities collector and returned from the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). The 129-centimeter statue called the “Golden Boy” was long thought to be a Hindu statue of Shiva. However, archaeologist Tanongsak [...]

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Senior UN Officials decried the “plight of civilians” resulting from conflict in 2023 as “resoundingly dire” on Tuesday, pointing out civilian suffering and disregard for international humanitarian and human rights law around the world. Their remarks coincide with the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions (GC), which the international community created in the aftermath [...]

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The Delhi High Court rejected Tuesday former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s bail pleas in relation to the money laundering and corruption allegations made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam case. The bench, led by Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, ruled [...]

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