The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Thursday new media restrictions that may result in citizens who subscribe to “extremist” social media channels receiving up to seven years imprisonment. The Main Directorate for Fighting Organized Crime (GUBOP), a ministerial body in the country, announced that generalists sites that include extremist activities, including encrypted communication platforms like [...]

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The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said Monday they were unable to rule on a complaint made by young activists calling on it to address the causal link between member states’ inaction on climate change and violations of children’s rights. The complaint was first filed in 2019 by 15 activists aged 8-17 [...]

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The United Human Rights Council recognized a “safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” as a fundamental human right on Friday.  The resolution first proposed in the 1990s will implement the right to a healthy environment and introduce a Special Rapporteur to establish these changes. The text proposed by countries including the Maldives and Morocco passed [...]

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The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACA) found on Wednesday that the app store rules by Apple are anti-competitive due to regulations requiring software developers to use Apple’s in-app payments, according to a report by Reuters. The US company’s policy requires app developers to use their in-app functions, which can have commissions up to [...]

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Californian Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that will aid the health sector. He also signed a “suite of bills” that will protect nursing homes, the elderly, and people with dependent parents in the state. Newsom has until Friday to sign or veto bills. On Monday, Newsom signed several key bills. This included Senate Bill [...]

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Sri Lankan prosecutors on Monday indicted 24 suspects along with the “mastermind” of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombing in the Colombo Permanent High Court. The indictment concerns three attacks on April 21, 2019 which killed 269 people, including local and foreign nationals. The attacks were on churches and hotels, targeting the Christian community in [...]

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The Mozambique Islamic State group Al-Shabab (unrelated to Somalian group of the same name), has been kidnapping and forcing children to become soldiers, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday. Evidence suggests that the armed group has abducted boys, as young as 12, to be trained in bases in Cabo Delgado and [...]

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Brazil’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that sets out legal regulations for artificial intelligence (AI). Bill No. 21/20 outlines guidelines to develop and utilize AI in Brazil. The bill will regulate transparency regarding the use of AI in the public sector, promote the creation of AI for the public sector, and require the [...]

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The US District Court for the District of South Carolina blocked the state’s mask mandate ban on Tuesday, determining that the mandate discriminates against children with disabilities. Proviso 1.108, implemented in May of this year, placed a ban on mandating mask-wearing for teachers and school children. It was written into the state school budget with [...]

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The UK Government announced on Monday that it will temporarily exempt the fuel industry from competition laws in response to the fuel crisis causing shortages across the country. Over the past week, a lack of delivery drivers interrupted the supply chain and caused mass petrol shortages. While the shortages were not due to an overall [...]

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