The Sendai district court in Japan ruled Tuesday that forced sterilizations under the Eugenics Protection Law were unconstitutional but denied compensation to two victims. The Eugenics Protection Law was adopted in 1948 and led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of people with disabilities. The law was eventually revoked in 1996. Last month Japan [...]

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The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would prohibit a state agency from adopting “any rule, regulation, or policy” that would burden an occupational license holder’s “free exercise of religion” or “freedom of speech regarding a sincerely held religious belief.” The bill also provides that a holder of an occupational license [...]

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On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastics. The new law bans certain single-use plastic items, such as plastic cutlery, plastic straws, and plastic plates. This ban is planned to be in place by 2021. The law also states that “ember states will have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles [...]

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