Senate Republicans voted Sunday to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. A final confirmation hearing is expected to happen on Monday. The 51-48 vote to advance the nomination was largely across party lines. Two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted against advancing the nominee, and [...]

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro ended the anti-corruption probe “Operation Car Wash” on Wednesday, stating that “there is no more corruption in the government.” Operation Car Wash began six years ago to investigate allegations that executives at Petrobas, a state oil company, accepted bribes from construction firms in exchange for contracts at inflated rates. The Workers’ [...]

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Iran released rights activist Narges Mohammadi, a campaigner against the death penalty, from prison on Thursday. She is an independent journalist and the former vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center. The judiciary sentenced Mohammadi to prison in 2016 for, among other charges, finding a campaign group that was deemed to be an “illegal [...]

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The Karelia Supreme Court overturned Gulag historian Yuri Dmitriev’s previous sentence and on Tuesday sentenced him to 13 years in prison.  Dmitriev is known for finding the memorial at Sandarmokh, which is a mass grave site, his work with International Memorial, and documenting the horrors of the Stalin regime. In July the Karelia Supreme Court [...]

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The High Court of Kenya delayed Thursday the dissolution of the nation’s parliament, pending a full hearing of the case scheduled for October 7th. The decision reverses an order given by Chief Justice David Maraga advising President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the parliament because neither of the legislative houses had one-third of their seats occupied by women in [...]

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The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan reported Wednesday that senior politicians and government officials have embezzled $36 million since 2016 linked to government entities. The commission also claimed that this amount is what they could trace and it could be higher. “At one end of the spectrum, South Sudan’s political elites were [...]

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Delhi police filed charges on Thursday against 15 protesters opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during the Hindu-Muslim riots. Police filed charges in a court in eastern New Delhi, and the filing is more than 17,000 pages long, said police spokesperson Anil Mittal. Violence erupted in New Delhi back in February as a response to [...]

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Amjad Ali Khan, a member of Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it a crime for a person to intentionally ridicule, bring into disrepute or defame the Armed Forces or a member of the Armed Forces. The punishment is imprisonment of up to two years or a fine that may [...]

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A court in Cambodia sentenced activist Pen Mom on Thursday to five years in prison for a plot to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. A total of 17 activists that oppose the government have been jailed since late July. The court found Pen Mom guilty of conspiring with Sam Rainsy, an opposition party founder, to [...]

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A UN group of experts has called on the UN Security Council to refer the international human rights violations and war crimes committed in the ongoing Yemen conflict to the International Criminal Court. The Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen concluded in a report released Tuesday that the governments of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab [...]

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