The Australian and Papua New Guinean (PNG) governments announced Wednesday that they have agreed to realize a joint arrangement to end offshore immigration and refugee processing by December. In a joint statement from Australia’s Karen Andrews and PNG’s Westly Nukundj detailing the agreement, the parties stated that their respective governments have finalized the Regional Resettlement [...]

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Former France president Nicholas Sarkozy was found guilty of illegaly financing his 2012 re-election campaign Thursday, making him the first head of state since the second world war to receive two jail terms. This was the second guilty charge for Sarkozy—he was found guilty of corruption in a separate trial six months prior when he [...]

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Three more regional councils in Poland voted to repeal motions declaring their provinces “LGBT-free” areas on Monday, according to the state-run news agency Polska Agencja Prasowa (PAP). The southeastern regions of Podkarpackie, Lubelskie, and Małopolska join Swietokryskie in recanting the self-described designation. The moves come less than a week after the first polish region to drop the [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved HR 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), Friday, marking the first time the House has passed legislation specifically designed to protect the right to abortion access across the nation. The WHPA makes explicit that access to abortion services is essential to health care and the ability of people [...]

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A British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) justice has granted a stay of civil proceedings on a case regarding the constitutionality of privately held church records. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, a charitable religious corporation representing Jehovah’s Witnesses across Canada, alleges the application of BC’s privacy legislation, PIPA, violates their constitutional right [...]

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Ian Profiri is JURIST’s Staff Correspondent for Canada. He files this dispatch from Calgary.  Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and the US Justice Department officials have reached a deal to resolve the criminal charges laid against her over three years ago that have raised tensions between the US, China, and Canada. As part of the deal, [...]

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Ukraine’s parliament passed a bill defining anti-Semitism on Wednesday, establishing a punishment for transgressions. The Draft Law on Prevention and Counteraction to Anti-Semitism in Ukraine, Law No. 5109 (the Bill), was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada after it passed the second reading by 276 votes in the affirmative, reaching the 226 votes required. The bill [...]

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A three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina permanently enjoined the state’s controversial voter ID law, holding that it discriminates against Black voters. The court referred to a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 2016, which found that House Bill 589 (HB589) to be “motivated…by [...]

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Ian Profiri is JURIST’s Staff Correspondent for Canada. He files this dispatch from Calgary. Late Wednesday evening, the Alberta government surprised Albertans by declaring a State of Public Health Emergency in a purported effort to protect what has become a fragile healthcare system in the wake of the fourth wave of Covid-19. At approximately 10pm [...]

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