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Canada announced on Monday that it would impose additional sanctions on 21 Belarus officials under the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations. These sanctions come in response to the ongoing human rights violations occurring in Belarus since the 2020 presidential election. According to Global Affairs Canada’s statement, the sanctions serve as a response to the systematic [...]

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The General Court of the EU revoked on Wednesday the restrictive measures imposed on Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven, two Russian billionaires, between February 2022 and March 2023. The two were originally sanctioned in connection with Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine. Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven are significant shareholders of Alfa Group, a cooperation that [...]

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Spain’s Supreme Court summoned exiled Catalan separatists Carles Puigdemont and Rubén Wagensberg on Monday to provide voluntary statements in a terrorism investigation of protests related to the failed 2017 independence referendum. The court ordered the former president of the Catalan Generalitat and MEP, Carles Puigdemont, and the former deputy of the Catalan Parliament, Rubén Wagensberg, [...]

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The US State Department expressed concern regarding the recent convictions of ethnic minority and religious freedom advocates in Vietnam on Monday. The statement highlighted the convictions of five individuals since January 2024 and called on the Vietnamese government to uphold freedoms of expression, association, and religion or belief. One of the cases mentioned in the statement [...]

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The Islamabad High Court granted an appeal to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, suspending his 14-year sentence for the conviction on graft charges, according to a statement from his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. The appeal pertains to the Toshakhana corruption case, in which Khan was accused of selling state gifts. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [...]

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The European Commission on Monday initiated non-compliance investigations against tech giants Google, Apple and Meta under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). These investigations mark the first cases following the compliance deadline set by the DMA in early March. In Google’s case, the European Commission is investigating whether the search results provided prioritize the company’s vertical [...]

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The French government announced Sunday that the national security alert system, Vigipirate, would be elevated to its highest level in response to the recent terrorist attack at a concert hall in Moscow that killed more than 130 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal made an announcement on X (formerly Twitter) [...]

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The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFMI), mandated by the UN, concluded on Monday that the death of Mahsa Amini while in custody was unlawful and resulted from violence. The UN Human Rights Council established the mission in November 2022 to investigate alleged human rights violations in Iran. Its primary [...]

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The Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties) published its Liberties Rule of Law Report 2024 on Monday, in which the organization raised concerns about the declining state of the rule of law and weakening democratic checks and balances across the EU. Liberties, headquartered in Berlin, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes civil liberties for [...]

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The Greek Parliament passed Saturday its foreign university bill, allowing foreign private non-profit universities to establish branches in the country for the first time. The bill, titled Strengthening the Public University – Framework for the Operation of Non-profit Branches of Foreign Universities, allows for the establishment of non-profit foreign universities after evaluation and certification by [...]

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