Human rights organizations and foreign authorities Monday criticized Iran’s handling of protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Since Amini’s death in a Tehran hospital on September 16, protests have occurred in major cities throughout the country. Amini was arrested by the Tehran police on September 14. According to Iranian state news outlet Etemad, [...]

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The Supreme Court of the United States Wednesday voted 5-4 to uphold a ruling that Yeshiva University must recognize an LBGTQ student group. The majority stated that the university must pursue a challenge to the lower court’s ruling in state court before entering into federal court. Last week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the order [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennet Monday issued a special report indicating the country is experiencing a deepening human rights crisis. Bennet’s report focused on changes which have occurred in the country since the Taliban took power in August 2021. Bennett cited the severe restriction on the rights [...]

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The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Monday proposed a 13-point plan to close Guantánamo Bay prison. Co-chairs Claire Finkelstein and Harvey Rishikof complied a diverse analysis of the prison to create a proposal that is both comprehensive and nonpartisan. Among the report’s 13 recommendations are a proposal [...]

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The Australian parliament Thursday passed new legislation pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 43 percent by the year 2030 and to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The laws mark the first Australian climate change legislation in over a decade and are the first substantial steps to combat climate change from the Australian Labor [...]

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and six states Tuesday filed a complaint against the rental listing platform Roomster. The suit alleges that Roomster has taken advantage of consumers looking for affordable housing by paying for fake reviews and then charging for access to fraudulent listings. Based in New York, Roomster operates by advertising rental properties, sublets, [...]

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The European Union (EU) and Ukraine Monday joined the Hague Judgements Convention. The Convention creates conditions for recognizing and enforcing judgements in both civil and commercial matters. It was created in 2019 to ensure that there was a legal avenue for assessing international court rulings on matters of trade. Prior to the Convention’s inception, legal uncertainty [...]

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The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho for attempting to ban medically necessary abortions. The DOJ claims that Idaho’s abortion ban conflicts with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). EMTALA requires hospitals that receive Medicare funding to provide necessary treatment, including abortions, to patients [...]

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The United Kingdom Monday enacted legislation requiring all overseas entities to disclose their registered and beneficial owners. The provsion, part of the Economic Crime Act of 2022, requires all overseas businesses to list their owner and financial beneficiaries in a national registry. The act is part of an effort to stop the flow of illicit [...]

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Pope Francis Monday issued an apology to the Indigenous community of Canada for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse Indigenous children suffered in religious boarding schools for almost 150 years. Beginning in the 1800s, thousands of Indigenous children were systematically taken from their homes and families and placed into residential boarding schools. These schools, some [...]

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