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Indonesian police have arrested Victor Yeimo, a pro-independence activist, according to a statement from Iqbal Alqudusy, the Nemangkawi Task Force’s Head Senior Commissioner on Monday. Yeimo is known as the former spokesperson and current chairperson of the National Committee for West Papua, a group of peaceful protesters advocating for a self-determination referendum. He has been [...]

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Algeria is set to ban unauthorized protests following the Hirak movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands participate in protests over the past two years, according to an announcement published on Sunday. The Hirak movement is a successful pro-democracy group of peaceful protesters. In 2019, the movement engaged in widespread peaceful protests to speak out [...]

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The Texas House of Representatives backed a bill Friday that would prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to voters. During the November 2020 general election, mail-in voting was very popular because of COVID-19. However, following the election, many states have considered imposing or have passed stricter restrictions, including Florida, Georgia and Iowa. On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron [...]

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The Archdiocese of Wisconsin filed suit Friday against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that the department’s COVID-19 policy restricting ministers’ access to prisoners violates state law. To address COVID-19 concerns, the Wisconsin DOC adopted a policy temporarily suspending all visits. This blanket ban also prevents all volunteer religious ministers from visiting inmates. There [...]

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On April 20, 2021, a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. Following the trial, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw reflected that “until the very moment the verdict was read, it was an entirely open question whether, to paraphrase the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott, Black people had rights that anyone [...]

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The Supreme Court of India on Saturday formed a 12-member national task force to formulate a scientific, rational and equitable methodology for the allocation of medical oxygen to states and union territories. Since the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus infections in India the country has been facing an acute shortage of supply of [...]

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Almost five years ago I contributed to a Commentary to JURIST entitled, “Guantanamo: An Unnecessary Presidential Legacy,” which focused on former President Barack Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to shut down the Guantanamo prison facility because of missed opportunities, faulty decision making, internal administration opposition and ultimately partisan political division that resulted in an unnecessary presidential legacy.  [...]

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Amnesty International on Friday announced its decision to re-designate Alexei Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opposition critics, as a “prisoner of conscience,” apologizing for its decision to revoke his status earlier this year. Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption activist, is currently serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence, which he received in [...]

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The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would enable convicted individuals to elect for execution by firing squad, rather than electrocution or lethal injection. The bill passed by a vote of 66-43 and requires that, if an individual waives his right to choose, execution will be administered by electrocution. A similar [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a proposed regulation on Friday that would update the definition of “firearm” to close a regulatory loophole regarding unmarked firearms, known as “ghost guns.” The definition of “firearm” has not been updated in the US Code since 1968. Unmarked firearms are increasingly found at crime scenes, with law [...]

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