The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, announced  Thursday that it was referring Hungary to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for violations of EU treaties regarding protections for asylum seekers. The European Commission had been threatening  Hungary since 2015, saying that their asylum laws were not compatible with EU law. After Hungary passed amendments [...]

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Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to eight more years in prison on Friday following her involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal. This latest sentence stems from charges relating to interference in the the country’s 2016 Parliamentary Elections and the collection of 3.5 billion won in illegal payments from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service. In [...]

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Human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights called called Thursday for the arrest of top officials in Myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians. In its report, Fortify Rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for arrest warrants.” The activist organization singled out 22 military and police officials connected with [...]

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The Organization of American States  passed a resolution  on Wednesday denouncing violence in Nicaragua, particularly the violence committed against members of the Roman Catholic clergy and other protesters by the Nicaraguan government.  The resolution also advocated that the Nicaraguan government adopt an electoral calendar to strengthen democracy and participate in a national dialogue. Twenty-one member states approved  the [...]

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A judge for Spain’s Supreme Court  said Thursday that he has withdrawn rebellion charges for six politicians involved in the Catalan independence referendum nullified and declared unconstitutional in October 2017. Among these six include former president of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont. The Spanish Court agreed with terms set out by the Superior Regional Court [...]

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President Donald Trump’s recent nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court from a list of potential candidates has ignited immediate support and criticism from conservatives and liberals respectively. An undergrad and law alum at Yale University, Judge Kavanaugh clerked for the departing Justice Anthony Kennedy, practiced law privately [...]

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday assumed jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the ICC’s founding under the Rome Statute . The crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s request to vacate a lower court’s order blocking President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, stating that doing so would “upend, rather than preserve, the status quo.” Last August Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretaries of the Departments of Defense (DOD) [...]

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The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) sentenced  four people to death on Tuesday for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence  from Pakistan. The convicts, all over the age of 65 at the time the judgment was passed, were charged with committing genocide, murder, abduction and torture from May 7 through [...]

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