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The Parliament of Sri Lanka Thursday passed the Twentieth Amendment to the country’s constitution, repealing a past administration’s limitations on presidential powers and expansion of parliamentary powers. The amendment has raised concerns that authoritarian President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s power has become unbounded. The amendment was passed in the Sri Lankan House by a vote of 156-65. [...]

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On Thursday the United States and the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda co-sponsored the so-called Geneva Consensus Declaration urging member states to achieve (1) better health for women, (2) the preservation of human life, (3) the strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society, and (4) the protection of every nation [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an opinion on Wednesday denying preliminary injunctions in two cases, both of which sought to prevent the enforcement of memos released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) pertaining to absentee voting. Both cases, Moore v. Circosta and [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Yale University in federal court on Thursday, alleging race discrimination against undergraduate applicants in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The provision states: “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation [...]

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order on Thursday granting full and unconditional pardons to almost 3000 Coloradans with past convictions for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The order highlighted a brief history on the legality of marijuana in the state of Colorado: first, discussing the 2012 ballot measure Amendment 64, [...]

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The Jefferson County Circuit Court in Kentucky released the recordings of the Grand Jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case on Friday. Lousiville police officers killed Taylor in a raid on her apartment in March. Last week Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the Grand Jury had indicted only one of the officers involved [...]

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Volkswagen do Brasil, a subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group, signed a Conduct Adjustment Agreement (CAA) on Thursday, agreeing to pay out R$36M (reals), or about USD $6.5M, to victims of human rights violations during the Brazilian military rule. A report by the National Truth Commission (NTC) in 2014 revealed that Volkswagen cooperated with the [...]

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Twenty-nine countries, including the US, Australia, Germany and Japan, released a joint statement on Thursday condemning the government of Belarus’s reported internet shutdowns and content blocking after the country’s fraudulent 2020 presidential elections. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has served as the Belarusian President for 26 years, was re-elected on August 9. However, the EU rejected [...]

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Protests against police brutality continued on Thursday in Colombia’s capital city Bogota after the killing of law student Javier Ordonez. A friend filmed Ordonez’s interaction with the police. The footage showed authorities shocking Ordonez with a stun gun multiple times. He was taken to a police station in Villa Luz and later died in the [...]

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The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Wednesday that the interim government of Bolivia sent a referral to Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, asking for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed by members of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) during protests in August. MAS is led by former president [...]

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