Moscow’s Tagansky District Court imposed fines Thursday against Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, and Pavel Durov’s Telegram. The Russian government stated that these fines were the result of Facebook and Twitter failing to delete illegal content. The court first decided the case against the tech giants back in April and found that the companies violated the Code [...]

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US District Judge Kristine Baker on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against SB6, or Act 309, an Arkansas law that would ban all abortions.   Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB6 after it was passed March of this year by the majority-Republican Legislature. The bill was sponsored by Senator Jason Rapert from District 35 of Central [...]

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A number of human rights groups have pleaded to Japanese businesses and property developers to terminate a proposed real estate development in Myanmar. The proposed development is the Y-Complex, worth approximately $330 million and covering 92,000 square feet of land leased from the country’s military. It aims to build shopping malls, office buildings and a [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia has failed to justify the lack of legal acknowledgment for same-sex couples. The court stated in a press release that Russia has to provide a legal framework and policy to entitle same-sex couples to the same legal protection as opposite-sex couples. This is a [...]

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Brussels’ first court of instance ruled on Friday that Belgium has failed to meet its climate obligations, and that its failure amounts to a violation of human rights under the Belgian Civil Code and article 2 and 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The suit was initiated by NGO Klimaatzaak against the Belgian [...]

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously on Thursday to further the proposed ban on several Chinese telecom companies from having their equipment utilized in US communication networks. The ban applies to all future authorizations, and it would revoke any prior FCC approvals on these companies. The proposed ban would stop the authorization of [...]

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US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday that the department’s internal watchdog will be investigating illegal data seizures by the Trump administration. The Trump administration allegedly secretly seized phone data from House Democrats in 2018 when the administration was aggressively cracking down on leaks regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The [...]

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The European Parliament urged the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, Thursday to support waiver for patents surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.   The proposal, submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO), demands that COVID-19 vaccine patents be exempt from provisions in the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) requirement protecting patent rights, essentially removing IP [...]

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US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed an amended version of the Atlantic Charter on Thursday during the G7 summit in Cornwall, England. The original Atlantic Charter was a post-war declaration signed by former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941 following the Declaration [...]

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The Hong Kong District Court has sentenced 10 pro-democracy activists to jail on charges under the new national security law Friday. The activists were charged with several unauthorized assembly offenses for protesting in Hong Kong during China’s 70th anniversary. The protests violated several provisions of the Public Order Ordinance, and their punishments were set out [...]

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