The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on Monday published an evaluation report urging Poland to promote greater transparency among persons exercising top executive functions. According to the report, 58 percent of Poles consider corruption widespread. Cases of integrity issues concerning both the police and senior government officials have been reported at [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday expressed her serious concern that the approval of an amendment to Guatemala’s long-standing National Reconciliation Law would result in complete immunity for all cases of grave human rights violations. Guatemala’s National Reconciliation Law has been in force since 1996 and was crucial to ending 36 [...]

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A Chinese court on Monday retried Canadian defendant Robert Lloyd Schellenberg for smuggling drugs and sentenced him to death. In November the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Schellenberg to 15 years in prison for smuggling drugs and confiscated personal property of RMB 150,000 for deportation. On Schellenberg’s appeal, the Liaoning Provincial Higher People’s Court held that [...]

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The Thailand National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Tuesday passed amendments to the bill permitting the production, import, export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes. The bill allows the use of certain amounts of cannabis and kratom necessary for treatment of illness with prescriptions or certificates from medical professionals, and possession is subject [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a case on the Sixth Amendment’s confrontation clause, prompting a dissent from Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor. Under the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause, “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The two justices [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on the government of Bangladesh on Tuesday to halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning that their lives would be at “serious risk” and that the returns would violate international law. “Forcibly expelling or returning refugees and asylum seekers to their [...]

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Experts of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday said that a Spanish Supreme Court case set milestone in international human rights law. In its decision, the Spanish Supreme Court found for a victim of domestic violence, enforced compliance with the committee’s recommendations and recognized the violation of the [...]

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