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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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed a series of childhood sexual abuse protections into law, matching Grand Jury recommendations following investigations into clergy scandals. Central to these new laws is HB 962, which provides that victims under 18 will now be granted 37 years instead of 12 years to pursue civil actions, with the [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday remanded a case challenging the constitutionality of Alaska’s $500 limit on campaign contributions from individuals to either a candidate or a group other than a political party. This case arose in 2015 when two Alaska residents, Aaron Downing and Jim Crawford, contributed the maximum amounts permitted under Alaska law to [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Friday granted the government’s petition to hear a dispute over whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) allows lawsuits for money damages against individual federal employees who placed individuals on the “no fly list.” This case arose when several Muslin men—Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibah and Naveed Shinwari—alleged that in retaliation [...]

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) said Thursday that it will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021. Over the last five years the EIB has provided more than €65 billion of financing for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy distribution. “We will stop financing fossil fuels and we will launch [...]

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