The government of Japan pulled a bill Tuesday meant to amend the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. The decision follows criticism stemming from the death of a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman at an immigration detention center in Nagoya in March. The woman had been held at the detention center since August 2020 after her visa had [...]

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A Pakistan court Tuesday sentenced two men to death for the gang rape of a woman on the side of a highway last year. The pair were convicted of gang rape, kidnapping, robbery and terrorism offences. The woman was attacked in front of her two children in September after her vehicle ran out of fuel. [...]

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A court in Mali’s capital Bamako ended the trial of former coup leader Amadou Sanogo Monday. Sanogo was accused of involvement in the killings of 21 soldiers during a 2012 coup led by him. The court also ended proceedings against 15 other defendants, citing a 2019 reconciliation law offering amnesty for specific crimes committed during the coup. Sanogo’s [...]

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Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulani, also known as Bobi Wine, on Monday withdrew an election petition challenging the re-election of Yoweri Museveni. Kyagulani cited frustrations with the Supreme Court as the reason for his withdrawal, claiming that the Supreme Court justices hearing the case were biased. In January’s presidential election, Museveni won his sixth term [...]

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South Sudan’s cabinet on Friday authorized the minister of justice and constitutional affairs to begin the process of establishing a hybrid court and other institutions set out in the 2018 peace deal. South Sudan descended into civil conflict nearly three years after gaining independence in 2011. The government, led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, was pitted against [...]

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The Parliament of Victoria in Australia is set to go through the second reading of the Spent Convictions Bill early next year. The new law is aimed at preventing discrimination based on previous convictions to provide youths an opportunity to move past minor offenses. The bill was introduced this year as a means to ensure [...]

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New statistics published Monday by Transform Justice and the Howard League for Penal Reform show that 87 percent of children held in remand between July and September in London come from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Additionally, 61 percent of the children held were of Black ethnicity.  The Lammy Review had previously outlined [...]

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The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Friday held that vagrancy laws violate the rights of individuals under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the charter), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the children’s rights charter) and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ [...]

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The Constitutional Court of Central African Republic Thursday declared that former president François Bozizé is not fit to run for president in the December polls. The court held that Bozizé did not meet the eligibility criteria provided in the CAR constitution. The constitution requires that candidates for election must not have been the object of [...]

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