Articles Posted in November, 2018

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday stressed the need for greater information and accountability to be provided to the families of missing persons and detainees. The report begins by noting that the Syrian government is still carrying out mass public arrests and detentions. These detentions have led [...]

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The US Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it plans to appeal a decision by a federal judge in California blocking the Trump administration’s rule denying asylum to migrants illegally crossing the southern border of the US. In addition to its notice of appeal, the Justice Department asked the court to respond within one [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that it has dismantled two international cybercriminal rings, while unsealing charges for eight defendants indicted in federal court. The 13-count indictment includes charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. United States Attorney Richard Donoghue, who is involved with the case stated that, These individuals [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Russian courts violated LGBT individuals’ freedom of assembly rights by consistently rejecting gay pride event applications. In its judgment, the ECHR stated that 14 applicants sought to gain approval to hold public LGBT events, such as PRIDE, but were systemically denied by local Russian authorities. These [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Alaska’s law governing the aggregate amount of campaign contributions to candidates from nonresidents violated the First Amendment. The plaintiffs are three individuals and a subdivision of the Alaskan Republican party. Though four provisions of the law were at issue before the court, the provision struck [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Tyson Timbs v. Indiana, a case that centers on the incorporation of the excessive fines clause to the states. Under the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed.” The Timbs case focuses on whether the excessive [...]

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