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The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday expressed strong concerns about a “rising number of threats, attacks and attempts to undermine and delegitimise independent national human rights institutions“ in Latin America and the Caribbean. Incidents reportedly include threats or harassment against various human rights institutions or their staff in [...]

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The European Commission on Friday announced it has charged Apple and the App Store with antitrust violations in the music-streaming market. In its Statement of Objections, the commission states the company “distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps.” The charge concerns mandatory [...]

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed my city once again Thursday in regard to City’s Council’s response to our “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a year into this crisis, there is nothing unusual about emotional press conferences held by politicians at all levels throughout Canada, as our management of the pandemic has not gone [...]

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law published a 26-page report and six-page annotated proposal Wednesday addressing why >18 USC § 242 makes it difficult to prosecute police, federal agents, and probation and correctional officers who engage in civil rights violations. The foreword to the report states that the Brennan [...]

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A Paris court on Monday found pharmaceutical giant Servier guilty of “aggravated fraud” and “involuntary manslaughter” over its diabetes and weight loss pill, Mediator. The drug is blamed for hundreds of deaths, in what is the biggest medical scandal in France’s history. The court fined Servier €2.7 million and ordered the company to pay hundreds [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Goldman Sachs Group v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. In this class action suit, Arkansas’ largest retirement fund and other shareholders claim to have lost more than $13 billion between 2007 and 2010, due to false statements in the bank’s regulatory filings and public comments. They allege [...]

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