The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Thursday delivered its judgment in a waterway dispute between Chile and Bolivia. The case is formally referred to as the Dispute over the Status and Use of the Waters of the Silala, a river which is shared by both Chile and Bolivia. The court found that the Silala River [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday rejected the Biden Administration’s attempt to stay a lower court ruling which found President Joe Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plan unlawful. The three-judge panel denied Biden’s appeal in a one-page order without explanation. The court also ordered that the case be expedited “to the [...]

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An Iranian general Tuesday acknowledged that more than 300 people have been killed in the nationwide Mahsa Amini protests, citing a figure significantly lower than the 448 deaths reported by Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO). General Amir Ali Hajizadeh’s comments mark the first time Iranian authorities have acknowledged the death toll since protests began in September. [...]

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Legal counsel for the US Supreme Court Monday defended Justice Samuel Alito and his wife from allegations of outside influence raised by members of Congress. In a November 20 letter, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative Henry Johnson (D-GA) questioned whether Alito was in any way influenced by or gave advance notice to a right-wing [...]

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International human rights charities Redress and Free Nazanin Wednesday released a report describing Iranian authorities’ actions, especially in the midst of the nationwide Mahsa Amini protests, as “state hostage-taking.” The nearly 50-page report argues Iran has institutionalized state hostage-taking through the practice of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of foreign and dual nationals to obtain diplomatic [...]

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The Supreme Court of Georgia Wednesday reinstated the state’s six-week abortion ban after a lower court found the 2019 act unconstitutional on November 15. In a one-page order, the court granted the state’s request to stay the lower court decision. As a result, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act is reinstated, and Georgia’s [...]

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The Law Society of England and Wales Tuesday called for Iranian authorities to comply with international legal obligations to respect fundamental human rights. The call by the largest governing body of UK solicitors comes in the midst of increased arrests and arbitrary detentions of lawyers in Iran over the nationwide Mahsa Amini protests. This is [...]

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Members of two leading railway unions Monday split their vote to approve or reject a tentative labor deal reached on September 15. Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) yardmasters voted to accept the proposed deal. SMART-TD train and engine service members, [...]

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A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Thursday revealed that the US child welfare system uses poverty level as a justification for the removal of children from their parents and charges of neglect. The 146-page report calls for immediate attention to an issue that the two organizations [...]

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US officials Thursday announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individuals responsible for the death of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcello Pecci. In May, Pecci was shot while on his honeymoon in Isla Barú, Cartagena, Colombia. Pecci served as a Paraguayan prosecutor on high-profile organized crime and drug cartel [...]

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