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The Chairwoman of UK Home Affairs Committee (“the Committee”), Yvette Cooper, wrote a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday raising “serious concerns about the shocking conditions the Committee observed” during its visit to an immigration detention facility in Kent the previous day. The letter was made public on Friday and noted cramped and [...]

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of Treasury on Friday imposed sanctions on Policia Nacional Revolucionaria (Revolutionary National Police; PNR), and its director and deputy director, Oscar Callejas Valcarce and Eddy Sierra Arias, respectively, for crackdowns on peaceful pro-democracy protests. The sanctions have been imposed under the authority of Executive [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday granted an order authorizing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue summonses demanding couriers and financial institutions produce information about US taxpayers who may have used the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services (POLS) and its affiliates (POLS group) [...]

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The US Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday in favor of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill hours after President Joe Biden announced a bipartisan agreement on the details of “a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure.” Seventeen Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats in voting to move forward with HR 3684, the “INVEST in America Act,” [...]

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight prisons run by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s intelligence unit for human rights abuses against political prisoners and other detainees. Additionally, OFAC also sanctioned Syrian armed group Ahrar al-Sharqiya and two of its leaders for abuses against civilians [...]

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday proposed a “Buy American” rule to support US workers and businesses and promote US manufacturing, as a follow up to his signing of Executive Order 14005, titled “Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers,” which launched a federal initiative to strengthen support for US [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an inquiry into alleged war crimes committed in Gaza in May by both the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups, and urged the US government to condition its assistance to Israel on its commitment to improve its compliance with the [...]

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The Switzerland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Tuesday dropped a decade-old money laundering investigation exposed by Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died under suspicious circumstances in a Russian jail in 2009. The investigation was opened in March 2011 against unknown individuals on suspicion of money laundering committed in Switzerland between 2008 and 2010 [...]

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The Swedish Prosecution Authority charged an unnamed 60-year-old Iranian national Tuesday with war crimes and murder of more than 100 political prisoners in Iran going back to 1988. According to the indictment filed by prosecutors Kristina Lindhoff Carleson and Martina Winslow, the accused individual was an assistant to the deputy prosecutor in Gohardasht prison in [...]

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The California Supreme Court held Monday that prisoners are entitled to a lawyer before a trial court can consider their record of conviction in determining whether the prisoners may challenge their murder convictions for killings committed by others. This case originated in the trial court when the defendant Vince Lewis filed a petition, under a [...]

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