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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Sunday called for the Polish government to stop targeting reproductive rights activists, specifically calling for all charges against lawmaker Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus to be dropped. Scheuring-Wielgus, who participated in a pro-choice protest in October 2020, was charged with “offending religious feelings” and “malicious interference with religious worship” by the Torun prosecutors officer [...]

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The Australian Senate Thursday passed the Restoring Territory Rights Bill 2022, giving the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Northern Territory (NT) the option to make their own legislation on voluntary assisted dying (VAD). The bill marks the end of a 25-year campaign to restore these territory rights. The ability to make laws on VAD was [...]

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In a triple referendum held Sunday, the citizens of Slovenia chose to uphold three laws initially put to a vote by the Democrats Party (SDS). The legislation at stake included: removing the political influence from Slovenian state broadcaster RTV Slovenija; allowing the creation of new ministries; and postponing a care system for pensioners. After this [...]

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UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab Sunday announced new measures to increase the severity of punishments faced by person incarcerated on terrorism charges who commit offences while in prison. The changes are intended to act as a deterrent for those already behind bars and discourage them from re-offending. The new measures are an agreement between [...]

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The New Zealand Law Society Thursday released the results of their Gender Equality Charter, reporting on developments in gender equality among legal workplaces in New Zealand in the past year. The most notable improvements included a 35 per cent increase in the delivery of unconcious bias training and a 14 per cent increase in the [...]

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An Iranian court in Tehran Monday sentenced the first Mahsa Amini protestor to death. Iran’s Revolutionary Court found the protestor guilty of “enmity against God” after he was arrested for setting fire to a government building. According to Mizan, a state-linked news source for Iran’s judiciary, the court charged the unnamed protestor with disturbing public [...]

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The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Thursday published their most recent report on the UK’s financial sanctions, revealing that £18.39 billion worth of Russian assets have been frozen. This figure is a substantial increase from September 2021, when only £44.5 million in Russian funds were frozen. The annual report, spanning from April 2021 [...]

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In the weeks prior to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds of people in for allegedly planning and supporting protests set take place during the conference. At least 151 people are currently detained by the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP), according to Amnesty International (AI). The Egyptian Front for Human [...]

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Friday reported they received 76,000 cybercrime reports between July 2021 and June 2022, an increase of 13 percent since last year. In the third Annual Cyber Threat Report, the organisation broke down Australian cybercrime from the most recent financial year, reporting “an increase in the number and sophistication of [...]

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The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) Sunday hosted the Indigenous Youth Justice Conference, which adopted a joint resolution calling to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. The conference examined “many complex issues associated with Indigenous youth justice” and promoted “meaningful discussion about ways to improve the situation.” The conference, held [...]

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