The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition questioning the legal validity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2019, claiming that the issue had become “moot and academic.” The Philippines officially withdrew from the ICC on March 17, 2019, a year after Duterte had publicly announced the [...]

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In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, the Malaysian High Court granted a Malaysian Christian the right to use the word “Allah” in her religious practice, effectively ending the Home Ministry’s 1986 ban on the use of the word in Christian publications. Wednesday’s decision ended a long legal battle pursued by Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, a [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced Wednesday that her office has launched an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes committed in Palestinian territories since June 2014. Bensouda’s announcement follows the December 2019 conclusion of the preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, following Palestine’s referral of the situation to the ICC, which confirmed [...]

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Tuesday that he was launching two reviews, to be conducted by Liberal MP Celia Hammond and a deputy secretary of his department, Stephanie Foster, into the culture and laws surrounding workplace sexual assault in Parliament House after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins came forward with her 2019 rape allegations [...]

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The trial of Sierra Leone national Gibril Massaquoi, accused of committing serious war crimes during Liberia’s second civil war between 1999 and 2003, began Monday in Findland’s Tampere District Court, where the state prosecution outlined the extent of the accused’s suspected crimes. Having lived in the Tampere region for the past 10 years as a [...]

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The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday suspended the controversial Bombay High Court judgment which held that there had to be “skin to skin contact” for an offense to constitute sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO). The stay was ordered by Chief Justice Sharad Bobde after Attorney General KK [...]

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Two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court were assassinated Sunday in Kabul, adding to the most recent wave of targeted killings over the last few months. A spokesperson for the Supreme Court confirmed that the judges, who have not been named, were killed on their way to work in the morning, when unidentified assailants ambushed [...]

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Voters in Kyrgyzstan opted to increase presidential powers in a referendum conducted Sunday in parallel with the snap presidential election that saw the victory of populist politician Sadyr Japarov. Preliminary results published by the Central Election Commission revealed Japarov to be leading with almost 80 percent of the vote, and his closest competitor Adakhan Madumarov significantly [...]

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The Supreme Court of India requested Monday that the government repeal a 2017 law that allows cattle to be confiscated from farmers because they are suspected of cruelty towards animals. Supposedly acting in accordance with the 2017 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, which were a modification of [...]

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Over 500 bereaved relatives of COVID-19 victims in Italy announced Wednesday that they were pursuing civil action against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Governor Attilio Fontana of Lombardy, one of Italy’s worst-affected regions. The plaintiffs are members of a committee named “Noi Denunceremo” (we will go to court), which has committed [...]

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