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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Thursday confirmed that 802 civilian casualties took place in Ukraine in the first week of conflict. Of those 802 casualties, 249 were killed and 553 injured. This included men, women and children. The OHCHR was established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with [...]

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Two US lawmakers introduced Wednesday draft resolution S. Res. 531, calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Court of Justice (ICJ) to investigate Russia and President Vladimir Putin for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The press conference to announce the draft resolution was held by US Senator Lindsey Graham and Congresswoman Victoria [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear Haaland v. Brackeen, a case dealing with challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act. The appeal will include arguments from four consolidated cases. Though the suits were originally brought by different parties, all take issue with the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was passed in 1978 in [...]

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Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, Monday voted unanimously to allow Latvian citizens to volunteer for military service in Ukraine. The vote comes in the midst of the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The vote concerned amendments to Latvia’s National Security Law. Traditionally, the National Security Law prohibits Latvian citizens from serving in foreign or outside [...]

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The trial of the only Louisville police officer charged in connection with Breonna Taylor’s death began Wednesday. Brett Hankison is charged, not for any actions that led to Taylor’s death, but for the wanton endangerment of people living in the apartment next to Taylor’s. Breonna Taylor was killed in March 2020 during a botched no-knock [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Wednesday the state’s new congressional map for the US House of Representatives, breaking a partisan deadlock. The court selected a map submitted by Pennsylvania voters. The map adheres to the prescribed goals of Pennsylvania’s redistricting process and reorganizes the previous 18 congressional districts into the newly reapportioned 17. Traditionally, the [...]

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The UK’s independent elections regulatory agency and watchdog, the Electoral Commission, Monday urged the government to reconsider proposed changes to its oversight arrangements in a public letter. The Electoral Commission warned that the new changes will impact the agency’s independence. The Electoral Commission issued the letter in response to a controversial elections bill, which is currently [...]

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The European Union imposed new sanctions Monday on five Russian individuals involved in elections concerning the annexed Ukraine Crimean peninsula in September 2021. With the new sanctions in place, the EU has now issued a total of 241 sanctions against persons and entities involved in attacks on Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty. The existing EU sanction framework [...]

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The Spain Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that it is investigating 68 cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by Catholic church staff members. This is the first release of such official data. The Spanish Catholic Church has been under heavy scrutiny since allegations of sexual abuse of minors within the church surfaced in December [...]

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken released a statement Wednesday condemning the Russia Duma’s resolution to recognize the independence of “so-called” Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR) as “independent.” The statement follows a Tuesday vote by the Russia Duma asking President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the two quasi-states in [...]

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