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The Dutch Parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion declaring that China’s ongoing detention of Uyghur Muslims in internment camps amounts to genocide. The Netherlands is one of only three nations to have made such a declaration against China. The US led the pack, with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo having issued a statement on [...]

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The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek announced Saturday that former Kyrgyz customs official Raimbek Matraimov, who was found guilty of corruption earlier this month, is being detained on fresh money laundering charges.  The announcement comes only days after demonstrators took to the streets to protest the court’s earlier decision to fine Matraimov 260,000 soms (roughly [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights, Alena Douhan, on Friday urged the US, the EU and other states to lift unilateral sanctions imposed against Venezuela, claiming that they have only “exacerbated pre-existing calamities.” Douhan, who had been traveling around Venezuela for two weeks talking to “the widest range of people [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) members voted Friday to elect British human rights lawyer and Queen’s Counsel Karim Khan as the court’s next prosecutor, taking over from Fatou Bensouda. The vote, which took place during the second resumed nineteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties, saw Khan win support from 72 nations, surpassing the 62 [...]

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A total of 24 Hong Kong activists appeared Friday in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on charges stemming from their participation in the June 4 vigil commemorating the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The vigil has been an annual event in Hong Kong ever since the Chinese People’s Liberation Army opened fire on a crowd [...]

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Hong Kong’s Education Bureau released guidelines Thursday for a new “national security education” curriculum that would see children as young as six being taught about the offenses of secession, collusion, terrorism and subversion under Hong Kong’s national security law (NSL). The guidelines come as the latest development in the government’s implementation of the NSL that [...]

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The Ukrainian parliament passed a bill Friday aimed at expediting Ukraine’s approval of COVID-19 vaccines. The bill also prohibits the use of Russian vaccines. The law establishes a new procedure for approval of medicinal products in “emergency situations.” Under this new framework, the Ministry of Health is able to approve a medication where: 1) there [...]

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The 3rd Panel Chamber of the Istanbul Regional Court of Justice Friday overturned the acquittal of nine of the 16 defendants implicated in the 2013 Gezi Park protest against the removal of trees in the park, ordering that the case be sent back to the court of first instance for a retrial. The nine defendants [...]

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The Jesuit order in Spain released a report Thursday in which it admitted to and apologized for 118 cases of sexual abuse committed by its members since 1927. According to the report, published by the Society of Jesus (Compañía de Jesús en España), 81 of these victims had been children. Abuse ranged from the use of [...]

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Hong Kong’s Civil Service Bureau released a notice on Friday, demanding that all civil servants sign a document pledging their loyalty to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR). The notice is the latest development in Hong Kong’s ongoing crackdown on opposition, since the promulgation of its national security [...]

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