A South Korean human rights group released a report on Thursday stating that North Korea is using forced labor from its prison camps to mine coal and other minerals to boost exports and earn foreign currency. The group alleged that North Korea is using the money generated from the scheme to support its nuclear weapons [...]

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A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh’s capital sentenced five members of an Islamist militant group to death on Tuesday for killing a Bangladeshi-American blogger. Aviijit Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh-born US citizen, was a well-known atheist blogger who spoke out against religious fundamentalism. Six Islamist militants targeted and murdered Roy in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in [...]

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Five nonprofit legal service organizations sued the presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, seeking to prevent the court system from compelling in-person court appearances for traffic and unlawful detainer hearings. The lawsuit, filed by Public Counsel and other legal service groups, asserts that Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile’s order requiring in-person [...]

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Three local and foreign human rights organizations reported Tuesday that attacks on rights defenders and civil society organizations in Venezuela have increased by 157% since 2019. The Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Caracas, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, and COFAVIC, a human rights non-governmental organization (NGO), published the report. [...]

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Canada formally added far-right extremist group the Proud Boys to its list of terrorist entities on Wednesday, according to a news release from Public Safety Canada, making it the first country to do so. The Proud Boys were among 13 new groups placed on Canada’s Criminal Code list of terrorist entities, including al-Qaeda, ISIS and [...]

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) produced a draft final report on Tuesday, stating that the US should pursue the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for military use and development. The government-appointed panel considered the benefits and risks of autonomous weapons this week in a public discussion. The National Defense Authorization Act [...]

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that it will halt deportations of certain non-citizens for 100 days. Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske ordered the moratorium to review the policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement. The memorandum signed by Pekoske notes the significant challenges facing border security due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It [...]

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The Los Angeles Police Commission adopted a policy on Tuesday that establishes oversight measures for the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) use of facial recognition technology. The controversial facial recognition tool allows detectives to compare criminal suspects’ photos to millions of individuals’ mugshots taken in Los Angeles County. The five-member Police Commission unanimously approved the [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the Chinese government on Wednesday for intimidating individuals seeking reparation for abuses linked to the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The human rights group alleged that the government has instituted a campaign of harassment against citizens demanding that the government take responsibility for misconduct related to the virus. The [...]

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A British judge on Monday denied a request from US officials to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges. In her ruling, the judge stated that extraditing Assange would be “oppressive” on his mental health, citing evidence of harsh US prison conditions and risk of suicide. Assange, an Australian internet activist, has been [...]

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