The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would require major social media platforms to report hate speech to the police. Under the current legislation, the 2018 Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), platforms such as Facebook are obliged to remove illegal content within 24 hours, otherwise they would be faced with fines up to 50 [...]

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The families of three female high schools students filed a federal lawsuit in Connecticut Wednesday to block transgender athletes from competing in athletic competitions. The plaintiffs, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the the discrimination complaint on the grounds that permitting transgender high school students from competing is contrary to Title IX regulations. The [...]

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Nepalese officials announced Thursday that there will be a third gender option in the next population census, marking the first time the LGBTQ+ community has been included in the population statistics as a minority group. The Central Bureau of Statistics will publish the survey in 2021, which campaigners believe will grant better access to healthcare [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered French authorities to pay thousands of euros in damages to 32 inmates due to violations to fundamental human rights caused by prison overcrowding. The collective action brought by 32 inmates from six prisons was an accumulation of complaints lodged from 2015-2017. Representatives of the International [...]

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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović said Tuesday that Albania’s proposed anti-defamation legislation, expected to pass this week, is incompatible with freedom of expression. Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and [...]

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India’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, to allow religious minorities persecuted in neighboring countries to seek citizenship. The draft legislation proposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been criticized for being discriminatory and unconstitutional, as the term “religious minorities” excluded the Muslim community. Amending the Citizenship Act 1955, Section 2 [...]

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