The US House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation condemning the Myanmar military junta that began on February 1st and led to the overthrow of the democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The bill condemned the Myanmar junta’s violent dispersal of protestors and called for the release of all detained protestors and elected political [...]

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Newly elected Kyrgyz president Sadyr Japarov on Monday defended new constitutional reforms passed on March 11 that would grant broad powers to the executive branch. The amendments would also allow the president to hold office for multiple terms instead of the current one-year term provided by the constitution. In a recent statement to RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz [...]

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Scottish lawmakers proposed a bill Friday that would incorporate four UN human rights treaties into Scottish law, offering children greater human rights protections in domestic courts. The bill is set to undergo parliamentary elections and would include the following UN conventions: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC), the Convention on the Elimination [...]

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China’s human rights abuses against the Uyghur ethnic minority group have breached the 1948 Genocide Convention, according to a Tuesday report from the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy. International law experts say that the Chinese government has breached Article II of the Convention, which provides that genocide requires “intent to destroy, in whole or [...]

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The Biden administration Thursday announced that it would impose trade sanctions on Myanmar’s military coup leaders following the country’s overthrow of democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1st. The Commerce Department stated that it would restrict Myanmar’s Ministry of Defense and Home Affairs along with Myanmar Economic Corporation and Myanmar Economic Holding [...]

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The Cuban government has passed a long-awaited animal welfare law after decades of ignoring citizens’ demands for animal rights legislation. The Animal Welfare Bill requires state agencies and animal welfare organizations to uphold duties concerning animal physical and mental health while prohibiting all forms of animal abuse, which carries fines up to 7,000 pesos. These [...]

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TikTok Inc. on Thursday settled a series of $92 million class-action privacy lawsuits affecting 89 million users in the US. The popular video-sharing app allegedly illegally recorded users’ facial scans, compiled private user data, disclosed it to third parties, and later sold it to advertisers, some of whom were based in China. The settlement is the [...]

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Mexico’s Attorney General on Tuesday urged lawmakers to strip the Governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, of his immunity over alleged links to organized crime and money laundering. The leader of the majority in Congress Ignacio Mier Velazco attached a copy of the letter in a recent Twitter post saying that Congress has received [...]

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A federal grand jury on Friday indicted six new members of the Oath Keepers, a right-wing extremist group, for conspiring to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The six members were arrested earlier this week and were included as co-defendants in a superseding indictment alleging that the individuals joined in a [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Germany’s investigation into a 2009 airstrike on Kunduz, Afghanistan, was sufficiently conducted and did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The German Federal Prosecutor General opened the investigation in 2010 when Afghan citizen Abdul Hanan filed a complaint after losing his two young [...]

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