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The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, which aims to improve the functioning of democracy by improving disclosure requirements for online political advertisements, ensuring that the electorate is fully informed. The bill had no votes from Republicans, who dismiss it as an unnecessary [...]

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The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) on Monday released a report detailing 72 torture methods used by the Syrian Regime. Since the start of the democratic uprising in Syria in March 2011, almost 1.2 million Syrians have been arrested and detained for some period. The report documents 14,000 deaths in Syrian detention centers since [...]

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The New York Attorney General’s suit against multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil started on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, a trial-level New York court. The Attorney General filed a complaint in October 2018 under General Business Law §352, Executive Law § 63(12) and for common law fraud. The suit alleges that Exxon falsely [...]

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Criminal proceedings against a 93 year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard began on Thursday. The former SS guard, referred to as Bruno D., was 17 and 18 at the time of the acts and will therefore be tried in juvenile court for assisting in 5,230 murders. Between August 1944 and April 1945, Bruno D. is [...]

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that would allow the state to prosecute those who have been pardoned by the president. This law closes a loophole that previously protected those individuals from state prosecution. The governor stated, “No one is above the law and New York will not turn a blind eye to [...]

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Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday jailed nine Catalan separatists with sentences ranging from 9-13 years imprisonment for the crimes of sedition and misuse of public funds. These sentences are each followed by equal periods of absolute ineligibility for public office. Three others were fined and charged with civil disobedience. The court did not find the [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected Italy’s request for referral in Marcello Viola v. Italy, making the judgement in the case final. The court, in June, held that Italy violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights by imposing an irreducible sentence of life imprisonment on Marcello Viola for Mafia-type [...]

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A group of Latinx voters and a Latinx advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the Northern District of Alabama seeking to compel the Department of Commerce to use an “actual Enumeration” of the population in assigning seats in the House of Representatives and Electoral College votes. The voters reside in California, Florida, Arizona and [...]

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