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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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded Thursday that the California State Board of Education’s 2016 guidelines did not discriminate against Hinduism. The appellate court affirmed a February 2019  decision of Judge Charles Breyer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California. California Parents for the Equalization of Educational [...]

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly passed the Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill on Thursday, banning the practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ persons. Sexuality or gender identity conversion practices are “treatment or other practice the purpose, or purported purpose, of which is to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity.” However, [...]

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The Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security issued a report on Wednesday suggesting that secrecy offenses should still be applicable to journalists who publish sensitive national security information. The Australian Parliament created the report as the result of an inquiry in press freedom following the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the national [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed an order from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denying third-party presidential candidates automatic placement on the November 2020 Pennsylvania ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Libertarian, Constitution, and Green Parties of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against state officials [...]

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A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has dismissed a lawsuit by the Alabama NAACP that alleged that the state’s 2011 Photo Voter Identification Law was unconstitutional. The law requires voters to present a form of photo identification at the polls. The state chapter of the NAACP filed the [...]

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The Shawnee County District Attorney filed criminal voter fraud charges against US Representative Steve Watkins (R-KA) on Tuesday, following an investigation by the county Sheriff’s Office. District Attorney Mike Kagay filed four separate charges against Watkins: (1) interference with law enforcement and providing false information; (2) voting without being qualified; (3) unlawful advance voting; and [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court’s order refusing to remove a lawsuit against ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy from state to federal court on Tuesday. The lawsuit, originally filed in the District Court for the County of Boulder, Colorado in 2018, alleges that the two fossil-fuel companies are liable [...]

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