The Supreme Court of India Friday ordered the state of Uttar Pradesh to reconsider its planned Kanwar Yatra pilgrimage amid fears of a third COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) had initially ordered its officers to direct the “Kanwar Sanghs,” which are essentially religious congregations, to not proceed with [...]

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Belarus authorities raided the homes and offices of independent news outlets, journalists, and human rights activists for a third consecutive day on Friday, widening the nation’s crackdown on President Alexander Lukashenko‘s political opponents. According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Viasna Human Rights Center, authorities had searched the apartments and offices of at [...]

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Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a pro-Kurdish politician, human rights activist, and member of the People’s Democratic Party, regained membership in the Turkish parliament Friday. Gergerlioğlu retained his parliamentary membership until his two-and-a-half year prison sentence became final in March. However, earlier this month, the Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled that Gergerlioğlu’s imprisonment on terrorism charges was [...]

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The European Union (EU) Friday blocked the UK from joining a European accord for recognizing civil court judgments. The Lugano Convention (“the Lugano”) determines which countries may hear cross-border disputes between the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland in civil and commercial cases. Additionally, the Lugano also ensures recognition of judgments across the [...]

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The Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia on Thursday added Proekt, an independent investigative news outlet, to its registry of “undesirable” organizations. This move significantly reduces the scope of Proekt’s activities, labeling many of its journalists “foreign agents” and putting all its staff at risk of imprisonment. The designation also bans other news outlets [...]

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) released former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon from house arrest on Wednesday after he agreed to cooperate with the investigation about the alleged misappropriation of government funds. According to Mapon’s lawyer, Laurent Onyemba, the house arrest order was lifted late on Wednesday evening. DRC prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Thursday rejected a challenge to the mandatory membership requirements imposed by the State Bar of Michigan. Lucille Taylor, a lawyer from Michigan, challenged the state bar membership mandate on the grounds that it violates her freedom of association. Taylor further claimed that the Michigan Bar’s use [...]

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The US Department of Treasury Friday imposed sanctions on seven Chinese government officials over the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. The seven individuals added to Treasury’s “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List” list were Chen Dong, He Jing, Lu Xinning, Qiu Hong, Tan Tienui, Yang Jianping, and Yin Zonghua. All of these individuals [...]

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The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) Thursday charged retired General Jonathan Vance, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff from 2015-21, with obstruction of justice. In February, the CFNIS, a special unit within the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CFMP) took charge of an investigation regarding alleged inappropriate behavior by General Vance toward two female subordinates. [...]

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