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The EU General Court Wednesday held that documents circulated in EU Council working groups regarding an amendment to the EU’s 2013 financial statement directive should be publicly accessible. The court reasoned that the release of these documents would not seriously undermine the legislative process. Emilio De Capitani, a former official at the European Parliament, sought [...]

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A Brooklyn, New York federal judge Monday rejected Douglass Mackey’s arguments to dismiss an indictment brought by federal prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). Mackey is accused of participating in an online conspiracy to spread deceptive information during the 2016 Presidential election to injure some Twitter users’ right to vote. Mackey argued [...]

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Senator Penny Wong from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Office Thursday said that the “Australian Government is deeply troubled by the ongoing” detainment of Dr. Yang Hengju (also known as Dr. Yang Jun), an Australian citizen and academic. Yang first travelled to Guangzhou, China in January 19, 2019. Since then, Yang has been detained by [...]

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Following a decision of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka last week ordering top former authorities, including former president Mathripala Sirisena, to compensate the victims of the Easter Sunday Attack in 2019, spokesperson Jeremy Laurence of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged the Sri Lankan government to provide full compensation to [...]

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The Irish Department of Justice Wednesday announced a bill that would make it a crime to entice a child to engage in criminal activity. The bill, the Criminal Justice (Engagement of Children in Criminal Activity) Bill 2023, has secured Cabinet approval and would tailor offences for crimes where the adult “compel, coerce, direct or deceive [...]

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The Mexican Government Sunday banned smoking in public and restricted the advertisement of tobacco products as the country’s new General Tobacco Law came into force. The new regulations increase scrutiny on the manufacture, use, and advertisement of tobacco in order to ensure that public spaces are tobacco-free. The General Tobacco Law is among the world’s [...]

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The director of Amnesty International’s European Regional Office Friday urged Greek authorities to drop all charges against two dozen search and rescue volunteers and to stop criminalizing aid workers who assist refugees and migrants in need. Director Nils Muižnieks issued his statement after Greece’s Court of Appeal of Mytilene dropped some of the misdemeanor charges [...]

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The Court of Justice of the EU Thursday ruled in a preliminary ruling that where personal data has been disclosed to a third party, every person has the right to know to whom his or her personal data have been disclosed on request unless the demand is “manifestly unfounded or excessive.” Considering the context, objectives [...]

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Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland Sunday warned of the “devastating consequences” of Afghanistan’s continued ban on women non-governmental organization (NGO) workers. The ban stems from a December 25, 2022 Minister of Economy (MoE) directive. Following a meeting with Afghanistan’s acting Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Khalil Rahman Haqqani, Egeland said the continued [...]

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Australia opposition leader Peter Dutton Friday called for the Albanese government to provide “adequate detail” on the planned Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum. Dutton accused the Albanese government of making a “catastrophic mistake in not providing accessible, clear and complete information” on the plan, which he believes will ultimately damage the reconciliation efforts of Australians [...]

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