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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Philippines found in a report released Tuesday that the killings in the “war on drugs” constituted an intent to kill. President Rodrigo Duterte instituted an anti-drug campaign upon election in 2016, known as Project Double Barrel. The investigation found there was an increase in drug-related killings being [...]

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Thailand’s opposing party, the Pheu Thai Paty, called for amendments to the strict royal insults law in a statement on Sunday. The law in question includes lese majeste, whereby insulting a member of the royal family can lead to a 15-year prison sentence, under section 112 of the Criminal Code. The party stated that the [...]

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The Belarus Ministry of Internal Affairs declared Friday that three of the country’s most popular social media channels will be classed as “extremist.” Telegram channels, NEXTA, NEXTA live, and LUXTA were widely used during the street protests in 2020 to protest against the election, which resulted in Alexander Lukashenko being sworn in as president. Nearly one in [...]

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The European Parliament launched a lawsuit Friday against the European Commission for a mechanism that allows the freezing of EU payments to member states which failed to respect the rule of law principles. The mechanism in question links EU funds to the rule of law breaches. The lawsuit brought by the European Parliament will put [...]

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The High Court of South Africa dismissed on Tuesday former president Jacob Zuma’s plea to remove the prosecutor from his corruption case. Zuma has been accused of soliciting bribes from arms dealers in the 1990s, in addition to leaking private medical records being used in his corruption case to the media. The former president has [...]

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The Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that a collection of ancient Crimean artifacts should be returned to Ukraine, previously kept in the Russian-annexed peninsula. Upholding the decision of the lower court, Judge Pauling Hofmeijer-Rutten found that the Allard Pierson Museum (APC) in Amsterdam had to hand over the artifacts to Ukraine. The pieces [...]

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The UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced in a  statement Friday that five police officers will face misconduct proceedings following investigations into social media messaging. The investigations come in response to the Sarah Everand case. Everand was raped and murdered by a former police officer, Wayne Couzens, who received life imprisonment this month. [...]

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A joint statement from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, and Spain was released Thursday announcing that there would be a repeal of their ‘Digital Services Taxes’ (DSTs). This follows an agreement with the five countries and the Department of the Treasury in conjunction with the OECD in relation to section 301 tariffs relating to digital [...]

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The Norwegian National Communications Authority (Nkom) on Tuesday fined media service Telenor for breaching non-discrimination obligations, creating a disadvantage to access buyers. The announcement, which was first made in March 2021, fined Telenor 15 million NOK for the breach. The media communications service was found to be acting negligently when delivering access buyers’ orders on [...]

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The Dublin Circuit Court (DCC) on Monday confirmed the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) decision to fine Twitter €450,000 for its delay in reporting a data breach. The fine, imposed in 2020, was implemented when Twitter failed to report a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data breach in enough time. The breach related to Android [...]

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