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Ireland’s High Court Monday granted Facebook leave to seek judicial review of a preliminary ruling by the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC), temporarily halting its probe into EU-US data flows. The preliminary ruling concerned a standard contractual clause (SCC) used by many countries to transfer European data globally. Facebook took legal action on the grounds [...]

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Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for activists who took part in the 3 August pro-democracy demonstration. Among the six activists arrested is lawyer Anon Nampa, who called for reform of the monarchy, marking the second time he has been arrested this month. Previously charged with sedition, Anon joined the student rallies demanding constitutional [...]

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The EU has taken its first steps towards imposing sanctions on Belarusian officials who have been cracking down on thousands of citizens protesting last week’s elections following an emergency session on Friday. Sanctions such as visa bans and the freezing of assets are likely to be imposed at the end of the month, following the [...]

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A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger living in Riyadh to jail and then deportation for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The tweet features a video of Mohamad al-Bokari responding on social media to whether he supported equal rights. He [...]

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Samoan chief Joseph Matamata has become the first person to be convicted on charges of both human trafficking and slavery in New Zealand. Matamata faced ten counts of trafficking and 13 counts of slavery in a five-week trial before the High Court in Napier. The charges stem from activities between 1994-2019 when Matamata systematically enslaved [...]

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The highest court of Bahrain has reaffirmed a lower court decision to execute two protesters despite evidence that suggests that their confessions were unlawfully extracted. Hussain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadan, members of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, were sentenced to death in 2014 for planting a bomb that killed one police officer and injured several others during [...]

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill on Monday banning the so-called “panic defense” in court, meaning that defendants can no longer blame victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity for their violent actions. Colorado will become the eleventh US state to ban the defense, following states such as Rhode Island, New Jersey, California and New [...]

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The Supreme Court announced its opinion in the case of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v Morrissey-Berru on Wednesday. The Court ruled in favor of the Catholic schools, shielding them from employment discrimination suits under the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception.” The lawsuit concerned two women who filed for employment discrimination from two Californian Catholic schools [...]

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The Louisville, Kentucky, police officer who killed Breonna Taylor was fired Tuesday. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot eight times and killed after police mistakenly entered her home. Officer Brett Hankison, responsible for firing 10 rounds, was placed on administrative leave following the incident along with two other officers. In a termination letter [...]

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