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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Monday for nations to do more to address systemic racism, end impunity for police officers that violate human rights, and confront the legacies of colonialism and slavery. Bachelet said that the murder of George Floyd “was a tipping point” and that nations could no longer ignore [...]

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The US Supreme Court turned away a case challenging libel protections for journalists and the media enshrined in a landmark 1964 ruling on Friday. However, dissenting opinions from conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch questioned the rationale behind the continued use of these legal protections. The conservative Justices’ opinions signaled a recognition of the [...]

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The Cowessess First Nation announced the discovery of 751 unmarked graves near the site of the Marieval Indian Residential School, approximately 160km east of Regina, Saskatchewan, on Thursday. The bodies were found using ground-penetrating sonar across an area of 44 000 square meters. The site is believed to have been a cemetery for victims of [...]

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After six months of deliberation, a panel of 12 independent legal experts from across the globe on Tuesday unveiled a working definition of “ecocide” that they hope will be adopted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The panel was organized by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, an NGO whose stated focus is facilitating the adoption of ecocide by the [...]

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Approximately 500 Hong Kong police officers raided the offices of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily on Thursday, arresting five executives and seizing journalistic material including reporters’ computers and notebooks. Three of the executives were later released. The remaining two, Next Digital CEO Cheung Kim-hung and Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law, were denied bail on Saturday. The [...]

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named the Honorable Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on Thursday. Jamal will replace the retiring Justice Rosalie Abella, and becomes the first person of color to sit on Canada’s highest court. Preceding Jamal’s appointment, the Liberal government formed a non-partisan advisory board led by former Progressive [...]

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The German Parliament passed a law on Friday requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain. The law introduces a shift to mandatory compliance with international norms on labor exploitation. The Bundestag adopted the draft law by a large majority. The law introduces obligations [...]

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A group of Canadian lawyers has formally requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the Vatican and the Canadian government for crimes against humanity following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. If the investigation proceeds, it could lead to the prosecution of employees [...]

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Chow Hang-tung, the vice-chair of the pro-democracy group Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, was released on bail on Saturday after her Friday arrest relating to Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil commemorating the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Police had warned people not to attend the annual event Friday [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that tribal police officers have the authority to detain and search non-Indigenous persons on federal highways within their territories. The decision quiets what some feared would be a further infringement on the inherent sovereignty tribes possess to govern themselves. United States v. Cooley examines the sovereign authority of [...]

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