The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged Thursday in a court filing that Volkswagen (VW) “perpetrated a massive fraud” and repeatedly lied to U.S. investors in connection with the company’s emissions scandal. According to the SEC’s complaint, from April 2014 to May 2015, VW issued over $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities [...]

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Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan posted on Facebook Monday that his wife has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes as results of two open cases. Sotoudeh has been charged with spreading information against the state, insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader and spying. Last year Sotoudeh represented a number of [...]

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Colombian President Ivan Duque said Sunday he objects to several articles in legislation implementing a 2016 ceasefire agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group, ignoring warnings by supporters of peace and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Duque objected to six of the 159 articles in the so-called Special Jurisdiction for Peace [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday reported on human rights issues surrounding women, conflicts and inequalities at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Today, allow me to voice my concern at the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention, and alleged ill-treatment or torture, of several women human rights defenders in Saudi [...]

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Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Chinese technology giant Huawei, filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Canadian government, its border agency and federal police, alleging she was “detained, searched and interrogated” for three hours in violation of her constitutional rights. The suit alleges that members of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Border [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an international organization, “absolute immunity” from lawsuits in the US. About 10 years ago, IFC, an IOIA international organization, entered into a loan agreement with an Indian company to finance the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Gujarat. Local farmers, fishermen and [...]

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