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A forensic spatial analysis released by Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday revealed a suspected illegal pushback of Afghan asylum seekers by Poland late in August. The analysis further indicates that the 32 Afghans are presently living in deplorable conditions. Through photogrammetry and other spatial modelling techniques, AI’s crisis evidence lab analyzed various satellite imagery and [...]

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Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) Thursday adopted the committee’s recommendations on the Digital Services Act. This act comes amongst concerns about user privacy and free speech online. The Digital Services Act imposes stricter regulations for online internet intermediaries and digital platforms. The rules are aimed to better protect consumers and [...]

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Three more regional councils in Poland voted to repeal motions declaring their provinces “LGBT-free” areas on Monday, according to the state-run news agency Polska Agencja Prasowa (PAP). The southeastern regions of Podkarpackie, Lubelskie, and Małopolska join Swietokryskie in recanting the self-described designation. The moves come less than a week after the first polish region to drop the [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday that she continues to be alarmed by “persistent allegations” of widespread and systematic torture of protestors in Belarus. She called on Belarus’ neighbors to protect asylum seekers after four people died near the Polish border last week amid [...]

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The Polish region of Swietokrzyskie repealed its “anti-LGBT ideology” resolution Wednesday—one of several anti-LGBT resolutions passed in dozens of Polish regions in 2019. The resolution was a symbolic statement by Swietokrzyskie, which had sought to establish itself as an “LGBT-free zone,” clarifying its ideological stance against the LGBT community and symbolizing how LGBT persons were [...]

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The European Union Monday joined an outcry of international criticism over the execution of nine men by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen. In a statement,  the EU said it “strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a [...]

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There has been concerted global lobbying for the abolition of capital punishment. This is evidenced by, among other things, the passage of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty and a similar move being made by other regional entities such as [...]

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