Thomas Kraemer is Senior Counsel at Kakar Advocates in Kabul, Afghanistan, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a Special Correspondent for JURIST currently based in Istanbul, Türkiye.   Afghanistan’s Supreme Leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, recently issued an order directing the manner of processing of “principal documents”.  The order does not [...]

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The BBC Sunday stated that one of its journalists, Ed Lawrence, was arrested and handcuffed by police while covering ongoing protests in Shanghai, China. Lawrence was covering the thousands of people gathered in the street to mourn the victims of a fire in Xinjiang and to urge the government to end the extremely rigid COVID-19 [...]

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The European Parliament Sunday endorsed a proposal to not accept passports and other travel documents issued by Russia in illegally-occupied regions. The decision means that Russian passports will not be accepted if someone requests a visa to enter the EU or when they cross the EU’s external borders, and applies to both Russian-occupied Ukrainian regions, [...]

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The National Police of Ukraine Saturday reported that at least 32 people in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson have been killed by Russian shelling since pro-Moscow forces pulled out two weeks ago. Head of Police Ihor Volodymyrovych Klymenko said civilians are evacuating the region in order to find refuge in safer areas in the [...]

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A US federal district judge Friday denied 19-year-old Corionsa “Khorry” Ramey’s emergency petition to attend her father’s execution. US District Judge for the Western District of Missouri Brian Wimes denied Ramey’s petition, stating the denial does not violate Ramey’s constitutional rights. In his order denying the petition, Wimes wrote that, though the Court recognized the [...]

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A UN expert Friday called recent legal charges and proceedings against a former Guatemalan judge and prosecutor “an attack on the rule of law.” UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Margaret Satterthwaite raised concerns over “irregularities” in the case of former anti-corruption prosecutor Virginia Laparra Rivas and former judge Miguel Ángel [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Friday expressed concern over Kyrgyzstan Journalist Bolot Temirov who is expelled from Kyrgyzstan. Bolot Temirov, director of Temirov Live, an independent online outlet, was born in Kyrgyzstan; however, he used a Soviet passport until he started using a Russian passport after 2001. Temirov received a Kyrgyz passport in 2008, however the [...]

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The legislature of the Canadian province of British Columbia Friday passed the Indigenous Self-Government in Child and Family Services Amendment Act, making BC the first Canadian province to recognize an inherent right of self-government for indigenous peoples directly in provincial legislation. The Act fundamentally alters the provision of child welfare and family services to indigenous [...]

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A Northern Ireland court Friday found David Holden, a former British soldier, guilty of the 1988 manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie. McAnespie was shot in the back at an army border checkpoint in County Tyrone, Ireland. Holden is the first British army veteran to be convicted of a historical offense since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, [...]

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Heidi Crowter, a UK woman with Down syndrome, Friday lost an appeal over late-stage abortions of fetuses with certain health conditions. Crowter argued that the Abortion Act of 1967, which allows terminations up until birth if there is, “a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental [...]

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