The Parliament of Japan (Diet) on Wednesday approved the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade deal at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors (upper chamber of Diet). The move follows the Japanese Cabinet’s decision to approve the ratification in February. RCEP is touted as one of the world’s largest free trade deals [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday accused Israeli authorities of crimes against humanity, specifically that of apartheid and persecution, against the Palestinian people. The report finds that there is “an overarching Israeli government policy” working to maintain Israeli domination over Palestinians through land and demographical control as well as grave human rights abuses against Palestinians [...]

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Venezuelan security forces operating against rebels at the Colombian border have “committed egregious abuses” of human rights against the local population, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. HRW alleges the execution of at least four peasants, torture of civilians suspected to be working with armed groups, arbitrary arrests, and prosecution of civilians in military courts. [...]

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A Special Committee headed by Sir Tim Hitchens and appointed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in December 2019, has published its findings and recommendations on the early history of the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC). The Committee’s objective was to identify inequalities in IGWC’s commemoration of the deceased people of the British Empire [...]

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United Nations (UN) human rights experts Wednesday expressed concern over the deteriorating health conditions of jailed Putin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny calling for his immediate medical evacuation from Russia. Navalny was convicted in February this year for his violating the terms of his parole from August 2020 to January 2021, a period when he [...]

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Liberty University has sued its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., for withholding information from school officials about alleged threats for extortion and undermining the university’s moral standards. Falwell is a prominent member of the Evangelical Christian community in the US and the son of the university’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell. He was one of the [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld Ohio’s HB 214 law that prohibits doctors from performing an abortion with the knowledge that a women’s reason for terminating the pregnancy is a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis. The court ruled 9-7 Tuesday in favor of Ohio, with Judge Alice Batchelder writing for the [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Turkey has violated the rights of noted Turkish writer and journalist Ahmet Altan under the European Convention on Human Rights arising from his pre-trial detention on charges relating to the attempted coup d’état of July 2016. Altan is a noted 71-year-old journalist from Istanbul and [...]

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The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday denied relief in a petition challenging the detention of nearly 150 Rohingya refugees in Jammu and the government’s proposed move to deport them to Myanmar. The order was made with respect to an interlocutory application filed by the petitioners pending disposal of their main writ petition of 2017 that [...]

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The Russian state communications regulator announced Monday that it would be extending the punitive slowdown of Twitter traffic until May 15. The Russian regulator had first announced the decision to slow down Twitter nearly four weeks ago in response to what it deemed as the social media platform’s failure to remove banned content such as child [...]

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