In a tweet on Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump suggested that the US postpone the November elections, claiming mail-in voting would cause widespread fraud and inaccuracy. Presidential elections are currently held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year, that is November 3, 2020. The US Constitution demands via the [...]

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UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell warned US officials Friday that unnecessary and disproportionate use force by authorities in response to Black Lives Matter protests violates international human rights standards. Throssell said in a statement that: Peaceful demonstrations in cities in the US, such as Portland, really must be able to continue without those participating [...]

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Southern Ohio US Attorney Dave DeVillers has announced the arrest of Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder in connection with “what is likely the largest bribery-money laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.” Lobbyists Juan Cespedes and Neil Clark, along with former Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges and Householder adviser [...]

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States government will offer a reward of up to $5M for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the President of Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice, Maikel José Moreno Pérez. Pompeo alleged Tuesday that: has personally received money or property bribes to influence [...]

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The US Department of Commerce economically blacklisted 11 more Chinese companies on Monday due to involvement in human rights abuses perpetrated against Uighur Muslims. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross cited China’s “campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang [...]

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Monday due to human rights violations dating back more than a decade. Pompeo said the State Department has “extensive credible information that Kadyrov is responsible for numerous gross violations of human rights dating back more than a decade, including torture and [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced the indictment of two hackers, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, for attempting to steal COVID-19 research. Both hackers currently work for Guangdong Province International Affairs Research Center in China. The indictment alleges that the two have been stealing terabytes of data over the course of 10 [...]

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Physical violence and abuse toward child athletes persist in Japan, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Monday. Although recent reforms and public perception hint that the abuse was in decline, the report uncovered “an alarming level of ongoing physical abuse in sport.” The report describes a sense of helplessness surrounding the abuse. [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) carried out the third federal execution in four days on Friday, executing Dustin Lee Honken for the murder of five people, including two children. Honken’s execution is the third in a string of federal executions in the past four days. A jury in Iowa found Honken guilty of five [...]

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US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued guidance on public displays of flags on Friday, effectively banning Confederate flags in military displays. Esper enumerated flags permitted to fly, including flags of allies, flags of international organizations of which the US is a member and Senate-confirmed civilian flags. Esper left Confederate flags off the list, however. [...]

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