The family members of Syrian-American Majd Kamalmaz filed a civil lawsuit against the Syrian government on Monday, seeking damages of at least $70 million for the unlawful detention, torture and killing of Kamalmaz. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Kamalmaz family by law firm Miller & Chevalier in collaboration with the Syrian Emergency Task [...]

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Slovakia’s national parliament backtracked on its controversial criminal code following concerns from the European Union, with 77 deputies voting in favor of new amendments on Tuesday. This change comes after Slovakia’s Constitutional Court deemed some of the most contested amendments to the criminal code constitutional. Slovakia’s Minister of Justice, Boris Susko, stated in a press [...]

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Russia’s Ministry of Defense reported via its Telegram broadcast channel that its forces captured the Ukrainian village of Urozhaine on Sunday. The village, located in the Donetsk region, was seized by Russian forces early in the February 2022 invasion but was liberated in August of last year, according to Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar. “As [...]

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The Regional Human Rights Advisory Foundation (Inredh) of Ecuador on Thursday presented its report on human rights violations under Executive Decree 111, in which it recorded 45 cases of violations perpetrated by public officials. The NGO’s 28-page report documents and analyses complaints made by citizens from January 8 to April 8 of this year, which [...]

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The Ecuadorian State Attorney’s General Office announced Sunday that a national judge granted prosecutor Diana Salazar’s request and ordered the preventative detention of 14 defendants in a case related to alleged bribery and organized crime. The judge also ordered house arrest and the use of electronic devices for two elderly individuals, as well as preventative [...]

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The European Union’s border and coast guard agency (Frontex) and the Republic of Serbia signed a cooperation agreement that facilitates increased cooperation and enhanced border management operations on Tuesday. This new agreement sets out to replace the current framework introduced in 2021 and finalizes negotiations that began in May 2023. As per the Commission’s press [...]

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Canada’s Ambassador to China, Jennifer May, visited the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region from June 19 to 22, where she expressed concerns over documented human rights violations, according to a statement released Sunday by Global Affairs Canada. During the visit, May met with Xinjiang Party Secretary MA Xingrui and other senior officials of the regional government of [...]

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The German Federal Ministry of Interior published a report on Tuesday by the country’s federal domestic intelligence agency, designating the Palestinian civil society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) a “suspected extremist case.” According to the report, BDS was founded in 2005 with the support of over 170 Palestinian-affiliated organizations, including the Council of National and Islamic [...]

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Chinese activists Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing were sentenced on Friday by the Guangzhou Intermediate Court to five years and three years and six months in prison, respectively, for “subversion against the state,” as shared by supporters of the activists on social media. Sophia Huang Xueqin, a prominent women’s rights activist in China who [...]

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Germany’s Berlin Administrative Court dismissed a lawsuit on Tuesday in which several Palestinian applicants sought to prohibit the German government from supplying arms to Israel amid the ongoing war in Gaza. The motion was supported by several human rights organizations, including the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Palestinian Center for Human [...]

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