The Canadian government has introduced a law delaying the extension of medically-assisted dying laws for people with mental illness. In a news release Thursday, the Department of Justice announced Bill C-39, which proposes that the broadened medical assistance in dying laws (MAID) be delayed until March 2024. Eligibility for MAID for those suffering from mental [...]

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The Australian Labour government Monday released a draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 to amend the Family Law Act 1975. In a statement, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the reforms seek to prioritize the best interests of the child and address criticisms that the family law system is slow, expensive and traumatic for families. [...]

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Sierra Leone Monday passed a landmark law promoting women’s rights in the workplace and positions of power. The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act (GEWE) was signed into law by President Julius Maada Bio, who stated that the law will “address the gender imbalances in this country comprehensively.” The GEWE, introduced to parliament in 2021, [...]

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Amnesty International Monday urged Eswatini authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the murder of human rights lawyer and activist Thulani Maseko. In a news release, Amnesty International called for Maseko’s death to be “promptly investigated in an effective, thorough, impartial and transparent manner, completely independent of government.” Maseko was reportedly assassinated in his home [...]

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An Australian federal court Thursday published documents detailing the abuse of youth offenders in a Western Australia juvenile detention centre. Court documents filed in the Walters v State of Western Australia case detail substantial allegations of abuse and human rights violations against children held at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre. In an affidavit delivered in [...]

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The White House announced Monday that a “small number” of classified documents were found in early November 2022 in an office formerly used by President Joe Biden during his vice presidency. Biden’s personal attorneys notified the US Department of Justice (DOJ) of the discovery after finding them in a locked closet at the Penn Biden [...]

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A federal court Wednesday sentenced former Bolivian minister Arturo Murillo to 70 months in prison, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice. Murillo was convicted of corruption and conspiracy to launder bribes in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In October 2022, Murillo pleaded guilty to accepting at [...]

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The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appealed to the UN for support in recovering reparations for losses suffered during World War II after Germany refused to engage in negotiations. During a press conference on Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Arkadiusz Mularczyk addressed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other UN officials to establish “cooperation [...]

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A Southwest Airlines passenger filed a complaint against the airline for allegedly failing to refund passengers after the airline canceled more than 15,000 flights during the holiday season. Eric Capdeville filed the proposed class action in a federal Louisiana court on Friday. Capdeville accused Southwest Airlines of breach of contract and seeks to recover damages [...]

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