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A group of journalists and lawyers sued the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Monday for illegally spying on them and violating their Fourth Amendment rights under the US Constitution while visiting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The Fourth Amendment protects US citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. The group filed the lawsuit in the US District Court [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett and Amnesty International Saturday condemned the Taliban’s crackdown on the women’s rights protest in Kabul that day. Around 40 female protesters marched in front of the Afghan Ministry of Education to mark the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The protesters [...]

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The United Kingdom announced new measures Wednesday to provide its courts with powers to stop wealthy individuals or large businesses, as well as Russian oligarchs, from abusing the UK legal system to silence critics. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab set out the measures which target the so-called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs). SLAPPs often [...]

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The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Wednesday released a report holding the ruling Taliban regime responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and other inhumane punishments over the course of nearly a year since the Taliban seized power. UNAMA’s report extensively outlines the deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. It [...]

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Amnesty International Monday launched a global campaign in response to the rising threat against protest rights around the world. In a press release, Amnesty International singled out countries such as Russia, France and Sri Lanka as areas where the right to protest has been seriously curbed. Recently, Russians gathered across Russian cities to protest the [...]

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On December 17, 2010, a vegetable vendor in Tunisia set himself ablaze in open defiance of police harassment, igniting the spark for a wave of democratic revolutions that spread like wildfire across the Arab world. In the decade since the revolutions swept the region, Tunisia has stood out as a success story, being the only [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) and FairSquare Wednesday released a report detailing Egypt’s use of travel bans and asset freezes to persecute prominent activists. HRW says that these activists include “rights lawyers, journalists, feminists, and researchers.” Since November 2015 HRW has documented “scores” of travel bans that President Abdelfattah al-Sisi’s government systematically imposed to prevent its [...]

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Amnesty International Thursday reported that authorities in El Salvador have committed massive human rights violations, including arbitrary detentions and due process’ violations, torture and ill-treatment, under the pretext of an ongoing state emergency. President Nayib Bukele declared an emergency in March after claiming that the nation experienced a sudden rise in homicides by gangs like [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Saturday raised concerns that China’s counter-terrorism measures in the province of Xinjiang may violate human rights and publicly called on the country to review these measures, which some have said target the country’s Uyghur minority. Bachelet’s statement follows her visit to Xinjiang amid new accusations of state [...]

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Mélanie Cantin is a JURIST Staff Correspondent in Ottawa, and a rising 2L at the University of Ottawa.  On Friday May 13th, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its judgment in the case of R v Brown, rejecting the constitutionality of section 33.1 of the Criminal Code, a provision removing “extreme self-induced intoxication akin to [...]

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