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Poland announced its decision Saturday to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on violence against women, spurring an uproar among EU leaders, human rights organizations and activists worldwide. Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro stated in a press conference that his ministry would begin withdrawing from the treaty as early as Monday. Ziobro and other government officials [...]

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A district court in Tel Aviv has dismissed Amnesty International’s petition to stop Israeli surveillance company NSO Group from exporting spyware, finding that Amnesty was not able to show that various governments had used NSO spyware technology — namely Pegasus — to violate human rights. Amnesty had petitioned for the revocation of NSO Group’s export [...]

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Lawyers representing two Uighur activist organizations have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing Chinese officials of genocide and other crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslim minority groups. The complaint will be the first legal proceeding challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s (CPP) ongoing brutal treatment of the Uighurs, which dates back to [...]

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China expert Adrian Zenz reported Monday that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities’ forced birth control policies targeting Uighur indigenous Muslim minority women may constitute genocide under Article II, Section D of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Article II of the Convention defines “genocide” as any act intended [...]

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A Manila court convicted Philippines journalist, Maria Ressa, Monday on charges of cyber libel following her publication of an eight–year–old story tying businessman Wilfredo Keng to illicit drug and human trafficking activity. The court sentenced Ressa to a “minimum of six months and one day,” and a “maximum of six years” in prison, imposing fines [...]

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Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Health Ministry officials to restore previously available COVID–19 data to its national website after the Sustainability Network, Communist Party of Brazil and the Socialism and Freedom Party accused the government of withholding vital infection and death toll data. Justice Alexandre de Moraes noted in his decision that Brazil must [...]

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US human rights activist and former political prisoner Mohamed Soltan sued former Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Abdel Aziz el–Beblawi Monday for conspiring with government officials to arrest, torture and assassinate him for his high–profile activism during Egypt’s 2013 Revolution. Soltan filed the complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia under the [...]

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Members of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls said Wednesday that certain US states are exploiting the COVID–19 pandemic to restrict abortion rights. The Working Group accused Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee of committing human rights violations by infringing on reproductive rights and endangering women’s health. “We [...]

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered shopping centers and markets to reopen after declaring that COVID–19 is “not a pandemic in Pakistan.” In the order, Chief Justice Galzar Ahmed warned against using all government resources to fight COVID–19 because doing so would be “highly detrimental to the people of Pakistan,” and would render the country [...]

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