In a report released Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Venezuela to take immediate steps to address “grave violations of economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights” in the country. The report warns that if the situation does not improve, an unprecedented outflow of Venezuelan migrants and refugees will continue [...]

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In a country visit report published Friday, Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, said the Polish government needs to do more to preserve judicial independence, citing “wide-ranging judicial reforms have met with serious concern” from stakeholders. The Commissioner’s report is the culmination of a five day visit in which “the Commissioner [...]

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US President Donald Trump issued an order to eight agency officials on Thursday directing full cooperation with Attorney General William Barr’s probe into activities relating to the 2016 presidential election. The order was addressed to the following agency heads: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick [...]

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Oklahoma’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a state law that restricts access to drug-induced abortions unconstitutional. The decision overturns a 2014 state law that banned “off-label” use of mifepristone, a medication used for abortions, also referred to as RU-486, which made Oklahoma the only state to have such a ban. The statute required physicians to comply [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Bolivia on Monday of undermining judicial independence in the country by arbitrarily dismissing nearly 100 judges since 2017 and called for the Organization of American States (OAS) to address the issue. The organization called for OAS to convene a meeting of its Permanent Council to address the ongoing changes to the Bolivian [...]

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A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that Chelsea Manning will remain in jail on a contempt charge for her refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange was arrested last week by British authorities after in asylum at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for seven years. [...]

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