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Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday that charges will not be laid against Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake on August 23. The other officers involved will also not be charged. Officers were dispatched to a residence on August 23 after a woman called 911 with [...]

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The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislature in China, approved the Yangtze River Protection Law (current text) on Saturday in order to protect the ecological environment of the river. The law is set to take effect March 1. The Yangtze River is the longest river in China, contributing to 40 [...]

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UN human rights experts urged authorities in Uganda on Tuesday to cease “the arrest, detention and judicial harassment of political opponents, civil society leaders and human rights defenders,” due to concerns of violence in the lead-up to Uganda’s presidential election, which is set to take place on January 14. In June, the Uganda Electoral Commission [...]

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Pakistani human rights activist Karima Baloch, 37, was found dead in Toronto, Canada on Monday. Baloch went missing on Sunday. The Toronto Police stated that “the circumstances have been investigated and officers have determined this to be a non-criminal death and no foul play is suspected.” Baloch was from Balochistan, Pakistan. As a campaigner, she [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addressed Tuesday allegations of human rights and humanitarian law violations in Ethiopia, calling for an investigation into the allegations and protection of Ethiopian civilians. The conflict between central government soldiers and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began seven weeks ago, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. [...]

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Environmental and Alaska Native groups on Tuesday requested the blocking of an auction of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and “a court order barring permits sought for seismic operations.” The plaintiff groups include the National Audubon Society, the Gwich’in Steering Committee and the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, among [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged state authorities in Colombia Tuesday to respond to heightened violence with concrete action and stronger protection. According to the UN Human Rights Office, 375 killings have been recorded in Colombia thus far in 2020. Of these killings, 255 people have died in 66 massacres, and 120 [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved the Open Courts Act of 2020 (OCA) Tuesday, a bill that would make the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system free to the public. The OCA is a bipartisan effort to make court records “publicly accessible, free of charge and without requiring registration.” In the case of [...]

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The England and Wales High Court ruled on Tuesday that domestic abuse survivors who have “trapped capital” in their homes should not be denied legal aid. The court held that a single parent and domestic abuse survivor identified as “Claire” should not have been denied legal aid when she had only £28 on the day [...]

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US President Donald Trump’s campaign alleged in a new lawsuit filed on Wednesday that poll watchers and observers were unable to “meaningfully observe canvassing and counting of mail-in ballots,” thus undermining “the integrity of the election result” and impinging on Pennsylvania’s constitutional right to a fair and free election. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State and [...]

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