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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday said Russian authorities have violated their human rights obligations by suppressing the Ukrainian language and injecting propaganda into educational curricula in occupied Ukrainian territories. The report claims Russian authorities continue to suppress the Ukrainian language and curriculum in the territories of Ukraine that Russian forces have occupied since February [...]

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The Federal Court of Australia on Monday officially recognized the Kabi Kabi people as the native title holders of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The decision was made at a hearing in Brisbane as part of a lawsuit that has been pending since 2013. The indigenous Kabi-Kabi people have gained recognition for their connection to their traditional [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that Azerbaijan violated speech protections under the European Convention on Human Rights when it blocked the websites several news outlets in 2017 – 2018. The case concerns Azerbaijan’s complete blocking of the websites azadliq.org, anaxeber.az, az24saat.org and xural.com in 2017-2018. National courts decided to block [...]

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Amnesty International urged the global community to focus on “human rights, justice for victims of violations, and the voice of civil society groups” during two major peace and reconstruction conferences in Ukraine, in a statement issued on Monday. There will be two major conferences held in a matter of days – the Ukraine Recovery Conference, hosted [...]

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Spain has asked the International Court of Justice to allow it to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albare noted on Thursday. The minister said Spain supported the role of the International Criminal Court and called on all countries to uphold peace and the [...]

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Georgia enacted a controversial “foreign agent” bill on Monday despite large-scale demonstrations against the law and international opposition. Georgian parliament speaker Shalva Papuashvili signed the law On Transparency of Foreign Influence, also known as the law on foreign agents” or the “Russian law,” which was subsequently published on the country’s Legislative Bulletin website. According to [...]

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Denmark’s parliament on Tuesday rejected a bill recognizing a Palestinian state, proposed at the end of February by four left-wing parties. Based on voting results, 83 MPs voted against the proposal, while 21 lawmakers in favor. Speaking at the first parliamentary debate on the proposed bill in April, Foreign Minister Lars L. Rasmussen said that [...]

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The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office said on Sunday that a Russian strike on a hardware store in Kharkiv, Ukraine a day before killed and injured at least 17 and 48 people, respectively. Five people also remain missing. The victims of the strike were employees and customers of the store. The attack by Russian troops took [...]

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded on Wednesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) allow journalists from around the world to cover its annual decision-making meeting, the World Health Assembly, and provide press accreditation to Taiwanese media. The call arose after two journalists from Taiwan were asked to provide Chinese passports for accreditation. Ahead [...]

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HRW urged the Iraqi government on Monday to repeal a new law that prohibits same-sex conduct and transgender expression as it violates basic human rights such as freedom of expression, equality and non-discrimination. The anti-LGBT law, as an amendment to existing the Iraqi “Law on Combatting Prostitution,” was passed on April 27, 2024. It criminalizes [...]

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