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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday held Russia responsible for several breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights following its 2008 five-day armed conflict with Georgia. Georgia and Russia have a history of tensions between them, which escalated on August 7, 2008, when Georgia claims it sent its troops [...]

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) heard oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday in the appeal of former Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina military commander Ratko Mladić. Mladić appealed his 2017 conviction and life sentence for genocide, crimes against humanity and violation of the laws or customs of war in [...]

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Members of the European Council on Wednesday said they do not recognize Belarus’ August 9 election results where President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in a landslide victory, claiming 80 percent of the votes. The EU will also impose sanctions against “a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression and the falsification of election results,” which it [...]

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Egypt’s parliament gave final approval Tuesday to a bill seeking to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure by adding an article providing for the protection of sexual harassment and assault victims’ identities during legal procedures. The provision is aimed at encouraging women to report such crimes without fear of identification resulting in retribution or pressure to withdraw [...]

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The Taiwanese government said Monday that it has revised certain regulations to increase scrutiny of mainland Chinese citizens who are residents of Hong Kong or Macau and seek to relocate to Taiwan, ensuring they do not engage in spying or other illegal acts. The revisions have been made to Regulations Governing Permits for Hong Kong [...]

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The Chief Justice of India told the Central Government Thursday to consider amending the Official Languages Act 1963 for allowing publication of official notifications in languages other than Hindi and English, the second official language of the Government of India. CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde made the recommendation while ruling on an appeal filed by the Union [...]

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New UK police powers took effect on Thursday that allow trained officers to stop, question, and, where necessary, detain and search individuals traveling through UK ports to determine involvement in hostile state activity. The powers were introduced in Schedule 3 of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Hitherto, a police officer had to have reasonable [...]

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The US State Department did not evaluate risks of civilian casualties and implement measures to reduce them when it approved $8.1 billion arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in May 2019, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released Tuesday. The unredacted version obtained by Politico raises doubts over Secretary of State [...]

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The head of the UN’s Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) said Monday that Facebook has not shared evidence of “serious international crimes” relating to its investigation into military abuses in Myanmar. Nicholas Koumjian, head of the UN body collecting evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law for the purpose of [...]

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The United States Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions Friday on 11 Hong Kong and mainland China officials over their involvement in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and curtailing citizens’ freedom of expression and assembly through the implementation of the National Security Law. Among those sanctioned is Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, characterized by the Treasury [...]

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