The attorneys generals from Washington, DC, and 14 states filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of Maryland’s motion to replace Matthew Whitaker as US Attorney General with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The amicus brief was filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington, DC. The attorneys general from Connecticut, [...]

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Voters in Switzerland rejected the Self-determination Initiative (also known as the “Swiss law, not foreign judges” initiative) on Sunday. The initiative was rejected in a vote of 33.8 percent for and 66.2 percent against the referendum. The initiative would have required an amendment to the Constitution that would require any conflicts between international agreements and [...]

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The Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled Monday that a law that criminalized failure to give notice to a municipality of a gathering of more than 15 people is unconstitutional. The court found that the law violated the guarantee of Section 17 of the Constitution that “veryone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Sunday that Egyptian police and National Security Agency (NSA) have arrested more than 40 human rights activists, lawyers and political activists since late October. As many as 80 people may have been arrested, but so far only 40 names were able to be verified by HRW. No arrest warrants [...]

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The state of Maryland filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Tuesday seeking to restrain and enjoin former Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker from “appearing in the official capacity of the Acting Attorney General.” Instead, the motion seeks the appointment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the acting Attorney General, replacing [...]

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The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) published its 2018 report Monday, reviewing 100 companies based on their adherence to UN General Principles on Business and Human Rights, and finding that most companies are falling short. Each company received a score between 1-100 percent based on six categories. Governance and policies made up 10 percent of [...]

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Friday announced a settlement agreement reached with Abbott Laboratories regarding breast-feeding and formula feeding habit surveys that Abbott Laboratories sent to new mothers between March 2015 and April 2017. The surveys that were sent by Abbott Laboratories used a logo for “National Institute of Infant Nutrition.” The surveys were [...]

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Amnesty International released two public statements on Tuesday regarding environmental security during war and armed conflicts. One statement addressed to the Chair of the UN General Assembly First Committee called upon the Chair to address environmental impacts of particular weapons and military practices and identify measures to minimize harm. The statement notes that in addition to [...]

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