The US Department of State announced Wednesday that former Ecuador President Abdala Bucaram has been designated under § 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, which effectively bars his entry into the US. Citing Bucaram’s alleged involvement in corruption as the reasoning behind the decision, the State Department noted [...]

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet announced during the Human Rights Council’s 49th session on Tuesday that her office has reached an agreement to visit China, including the province of Xinjiang in May. This announcement comes as 192 human rights organizations published a joint open letter the same day to Bachelet, calling for her to [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Council announced Wednesday the appointment of the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, to lead the investigation into abuses in Ethiopia. The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Federico Villegas, announced the appointment of three international experts to serve as the International Commission of Human Rights [...]

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New Zealand police Wednesday stormed parliament grounds in riot gear reclaiming the space where anti-vaccine mandate protesters had camped for 23 days. Hundreds of police began moving across parliament grounds early Wednesday morning, breaking up the protester’s camp, dressed in riot gear and equipped with pepper spray. The police towed vehicles obstructing roads as they pushed [...]

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Uganda’s Parliamentary Health Committee stated Tuesday that it is considering proposed legislation that will impose fines on those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and possibly jail terms for those who fail to pay. A statement released on the parliament’s website states that the “Parliament’s Committee on Health has started the consideration of the [...]

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The European Union (EU) Thursday filed a case in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the People’s Republic of China following trade restrictions that China has been imposing on Lithuania. This move comes in response to trade restrictions that China has imposed on Lithuania since December 2021. The trade restrictions imposed include blocking all Lithuanian [...]

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A trial against a Syrian doctor who has been accused of murder and torturing detainees while working in Syrian military hospitals began last week in Frankfurt, Germany. The defendant, identified only as Alaa M, has been accused by German prosecutors of 18 counts of torture and one count of murder while working as a doctor [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that there is no constitutional right to an adequate civics education, denying an appeal by students in Providence, Rhode Island. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 on behalf of 14 students arguing that the US Constitution entitles all public school students to a civics [...]

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The Italian government has approved a decree that extends the scope of the country’s green pass system and requires anyone over the age of 50 living in Italy to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Italy’s green pass system, which has been in place since October 15, currently requires all workers to present a green pass to [...]

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