The Philippines challenged China on Monday to allow international scrutiny of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, according to the Philippines’ official news agency. The call was made during a press conference headed by the National Security Council (NSC) assistant director general, Jonathan Malaya, and Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) spokesperson Jay Tarriela. They accused China of destroying [...]

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There was an “alarming increase” in violence against journalists in April, according to a report published by the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) on Friday. The monitoring unit of SNJT, an independent non-governmental association, recorded 20 attack cases on journalists out of the 25 notifications received from its direct sources. As per the report, [...]

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Amnesty International urged the Honduras government to provide justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres on Monday. Cáceres was a renowned figure in environmental and indigenous activism and leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), she was murdered in 2016 at her home in Intibucá, Honduras by armed men. [...]

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The Supreme Court of India on Friday released Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on temporary bail, citing ongoing elections as an ‘extraordinary’ circumstance. The interim bail will end on June 1 when the final rounds of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections conclude in India. While agreeing to the bail appeal made by the Delhi [...]

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that Namibia has eliminated vertical mother-to-child transmission of viral HIV and Hepatitis B, the first country in Africa and the only high-burden country worldwide to do so. WHO presented the country with the “silver-tier” status for its work on controlling and eliminating Hepatitis B and the “bronze tier” [...]

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday notified all states and union territories that they must issue a “no-dues certificate”  within 48 hours after an aspiring candidate requests the certificate. The ECI stated that the issuance of the no-dues certificate is crucial for the contesting candidates since not issuing them would be in contravention [...]

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The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) allegedly issued a secret directive to curb fundamental rights of civil society by banning trade unions, curtailing freedom of expression, and clamping on foreign influence, according to a report published Friday by human rights watchdog the 88 Project. The report found that the CPV allegedly issued a secret directive [...]

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The Supreme Court of India scheduled on Friday the hearing of In Re: Right to Privacy of Adolescents after the Calcutta High Court last year ordered that “young adolescent girls are obligated to control their sexual urges” under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The Calcutta High Court, in its judgment concerning [...]

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The Parliament of Poland constituted an inquiry committee which held its first meeting on Monday to investigate the illegal use of Pegasus, a spyware software, by the members of the last ruling government and state officers, including police and other fiscal authorities. The newly formed committee is exclusively involved in inquiring about the “legality, regularity, [...]

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) claimed on Tuesday that federal security forces have killed at least 45 civilians in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The independent state body also alleged that the civilians had been killed for being supposedly affiliated with the ethnic Amhara armed group known as Fano. The commission stressed that the damage done [...]

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