California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that his office would be launching a new initiative to pardon people who have prosecuted in California for being gay. Inspired by a call to posthumously pardon Bayard Rustin, a humanitarian and civil rights leader who was convicted of a misdemeanor vagrancy offense for consensual adult homosexual activity, [...]

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A report published Monday by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office reveals that at least 53 migrants and refugees were killed in the July 2019 airstrikes in Libya. Those killed were reportedly citizens of Algeria, Chad, Bangladesh, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia. It also reported 87 injured male migrants [...]

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that he state will lead a challenge to the Trump Administration’s latest effort to allow unregistered, untraceable 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet. The Trump administration published unfinished formal rules that would transfer regulation of 3D-printed guns from the State Department to the Department [...]

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The Bavarian Constitutional Court held Tuesday that parts of the Bavarian Integration Act are unconstitutional. This case arose when opposition parties in the Bavarian state parliament opposed six individual provisions of the Act, which took effect on January 1, 2017. The challenged clauses ask migrants to respect the “leading culture” and to make efforts to [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that the Bangladesh government is violating the right to education of nearly 400,000 school-age Rohingya children by barring UN humanitarian agencies and NGOs from providing Rohingya children with any formal, accredited education. The Bangladesh government’s policy prevents Rohingya from integrating into the local Bangladeshi society. In furtherance of this [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday that US House of Representatives committees may subpoena President Donald Trump’s bank records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. In April 11 the Committee on Financial Services and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued identical subpoenas to Deutsche Bank, seeking a broad range [...]

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In a regular press conference Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to the 2019 Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act signed by US President Donald Trump, saying that it seriously interferes China’s internal affairs. The Chinese government is suspending reviewing requests of US military vessels and aircraft to visit Hong Kong starting [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019” (the “Act”), reaffirming and amending the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992. The Act allows sanctions to be imposed on individuals undermining fundamental freedoms and autonomy in Hong Kong. The president is authorized under the [...]

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