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India’s three new post-colonial criminal codes have been came into force Monday, marking the beginning of a new era in the country’s criminal justice system. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023 replaced the colonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC) which was promulgated by the British in 1862. The decades-old Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC), which [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Iraqi government on Thursday to halt the arbitrary detention and deportation of Syrian asylum seekers. According to HRW, Iraqi authorities have detained and deported Syrians even when they possessed the required Iraqi documentation. HRW reported that Iraqi authorities neither considered the asylum seeker status of Syrians nor provided any [...]

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini on Monday expressed deep concerns about the dire state of health facilities in Gaza, stating that the local health system is collapsing under the strain of continuous “Israeli bombardments and ground operations.” Highlighting the increasing pressure on the agency due to the large-scale destruction of UN premises, Lazzarini said that the [...]

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned on Wednesday about the possibility of Nigerien authorities using the country’s revised cybercrime law to censor and imprison journalists. New amendments to the law reintroduced prison sentences for defamation, insults, and dissemination of data that could disrupt public order via the Internet. On June 7, 2024, the head of Niger’s [...]

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The EU Monday expressed concerns about what it called the “very serious human rights situation” in China, particularly in Xingjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong during the the 39th session of the Joint Human Rights Dialogue in Chongqing in China. The EU highlighted the “vulnerable situation” of people of religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities in China [...]

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Amnesty International (Amnesty) called on Thursday for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) de facto authorities to withdraw their forces from the Yemeni Women’s Union Center, which is the only women’s shelter in Aden. The STC took over the center in an attack on May 26. According to the human rights group, armed men, accompanied [...]

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Ugandan LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation Convening for Equality (CFE) released a report on Monday documenting human rights violations against LGBTQ+ people following the passage of the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 2023, which introduced severe penalties for same-sex intercourse, including life imprisonment and the death penalty for “aggravated” offences. The organization reviewed over a thousand cases of [...]

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The Tunisia Lawyers Council called Sunday for a nationwide strike after police conducted a raid on the headquarters of Tunisia’s bar association and arrested Sonia Dahmani, a prominent critic of the government. The Council announced its intention to organize a protest on May 16 in a press release. It also shared plans to stage boycotts [...]

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The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Monday in a televised speech that he will continue in office despite the corruption allegations against his wife. Sánchez’s wife, Begoña Gomez, was accused of unduly leveraging her position to influence business deals. Sánchez said he took five days off to reflect on the matter and has [...]

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The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kosovo officially set April 21 as the scheduled date for conducting referendums regarding the dismissal of four Albanian mayors from municipalities. These mayors, whose elections took place last year, have been a source of heightened tensions between Serbia and Kosovo.  Citizens of Serb-dominated municipalities, including North Mitrovica, Leposaviq, Zubin [...]

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